Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Alexander Zverev has to stomach Wimbledon defeat by Ernests Gulbis

Alexander Zverev has to stomach Wimbledon defeat by Ernests Gulbis

Yesterday I had pain during the whole three sets.

Latvia's Gulbis has not reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam in over a decade and the world No 143 will face either Nick Kyrgios or Kei Nishikori in the next round. I started to play smarter.

Despite being widely-tipped to be a Grand Slam threat, it was another let-down for Zverev whose run to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last month remains his best performance at the Majors. "And I actually thought I didn't play that bad - I just started to feel very exhausted".

Earlier, in the day, three-time champion Novak Djokovic silenced a raucous Centre Court crowd as he came back to beat home favourite Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon.

Nadal stormed to a 6-1 lead in just 33 minutes based on the strength of two service breaks, while remaining untouchable on serve, as he faced no break points during the opener. "Thought I'd go out there and try". Everybody does. He has a good team around him, people who know how to work, who know what to give him, these extra things.

The second-round clash on Court One, which lasted three hours 12 minutes, was suspended on Thursday evening in fading light with the 20-year-old American Fritz leading 2-1 after taking a 56-minute third set.

Juan Martín del Potro outpowered Benoît Paire 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

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With Edmund serving at 3-3, 15-40 in the fourth set, the Serbian approached the net and executed a drop volley that Edmund failed to reach on one bounce despite flailing at the ball with his racquet and knocking it close to the line on the other side of the net. Del Petro is seeded fifth, is 6ft 6in and yet somehow has slipped into the second week of Wimbledon nearly by stealth.

Claiming he is starting to fulfil his vast potential, Zverev added: "The difference between now and a year ago, probably a little longer ago, is that when I'm down two sets to one or something like that, I don't really panic".

"I don't know how far I will go in the tournament but I'm confident", Del Potro said.

Crucially for his hopes there are no issues with the career-threatening wrist injury that kept him out during most of 2014 and 2015. Of course, today I found a way better than he did. It showed in the stats, with Del Potro hitting 32 winners to 16 unforced errors. "So I'm going match by match, see what could happen". Unfortunately that's it for me for this year.

"I am happy to be able to play in the third round tomorrow".

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