Alexander Zverev‘s grand slam breakthrough is closer than ever with the German the highest seeded player left in the top half of the draw. Already a semi-finalist in Melbourne this year, he can go one better with only Borna Coric and one of Pablo Carreno Busta/Denis Shapovalov standing in his way.
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Borna Coric should be long gone from the tournament but a dramatic Stefanos Tsitsipas collapse that included 6 blown match points means the Croatian has another life in the tournament. There was no need for another escape act in round four with Coric cruising past Jordan Thompson in just over two hours, 7-5 6-1 6-3. He broke six times overall and was always in control except for a wobble late in the opener.
How Zverev responds to the newly found pressure in this match could give big insight into his career for years to come. After some up and down performances in the first three rounds, there was no messing about from the German who dominated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from start to finish. He hit 18 aces in the 6-2 6-2 6-1 win over the Spaniard, part of an impressive 39 winners. “In the third set, I saw that he slowed down a little bit, especially on his serve. He couldn’t push off that leg any more, but I think the first two sets were pretty good quality by me to be honest,” said Zverev after. “There are still things to work on, but I am in the quarter-finals and that can only be a good thing.”
Somewhat concerning for the fifth seed will be his 1-3 record against Coric, including a loss in New York three years ago. A strong serving performance will be the key for the German who needs to keep the more defensive Coric on the back foot throughout, waiting for the best opportunity to strike. If he can outlast his opponent in this one, Zverev may well be the favourite for the title.
Prediction – Alexander Zverev in three sets