Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman, Jannik Sinner advance



ATP Roland Garros: Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman, Jannik Sinner advance

The 6th seed Alexander Zverev will compete in the fourth round at Majors for the eighth time, beating Marco Cecchinato 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 43 minutes. Playing against only two break points, the German suffered one break and collected six from 13 chances, overpowering the Italian with 31 winners and 22 unforced errors to move into the last 16 for the third straight year in Paris.

Alexander dominated with his first serve, took almost half of the return points, and returned from 5-3 down in set number two to seal the deal in straight sets after a strong performance in the third. Marco sprayed a backhand error in the first game to suffer a break, falling 3-0 behind after the German’s smash winner.

Alexander forced a mistake from the opponent in game four and sealed the set with his third break at 5-1 when Cecchinato netted a forehand. Raising his level, the Italian started to serve better in set number two, earning a break in game seven following a forehand error from Zverev.

Serving at 5-4, a former semi-finalist suffered a break to keep Alexander in the set, with the German scoring another break at 6-5 after a smash winner to steal the set. The only break of set number three came in the second game when Cecchinato sprayed a forehand mistake, serving to stay in the match at 2-5.

The Italian saved two match points and created a break chance in the next game, denied by a forehand winner from Zverev, who moved over the top with a service winner. The Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman is through to the next round following a 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Norbert Gombos in two hours and 37 minutes.

Gombos broke the seeded player four times, fighting hard in the opener but losing ground after that, suffering seven breaks to propel Diego over the top. The Slovak led 5-2 in the opener, wasting six set points in three consecutive game as he failed to take that extra step and make the encounter more interesting.

After an incredible comeback, Schwartzman grabbed the tie break 7-3, taking the last four games of the second set and never looking back from there. The 19-year-old Jannik Sinner is yet to lose a set this week in Paris, advancing into the fourth round as the youngest player since Novak Djokovic in 2006.

Jannik defeated Federico Coria 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 in two and a half hours, bouncing back from 5-2 down in the third set to cross the finish line and remain perfect after three encounters. Keeping the points on his racquet, the Italian had 44 winners and 48 unforced errors, keeping the points on his racquet and dominating the mid-range exchanges with five to eight strokes.

Coria converted four break chances but that wasn’t enough at least for a set, dropping almost half of the points behind the initial shot and giving serve away seven times. From 3-2 down in the first set, Sinner found the rhythm and rattled off four straight games to close the set 6-3.

They traded early breaks in the second set to stay neck and neck until game 11 when Jannik broke thanks to Federico’s loose drop shot, sealing the set on his serve and moving closer to the finish line. The Argentine forged a 5-2 advantage in set number three, getting broken at 15 while serving for it in game nine.

Sinner secured another break with a backhand down the line winner at 5-5, moving over the top with a backhand down the line winner a few minutes later.



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