Paris Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev has reached the quarter-finals at the Masters 1000 tournament in Paris. The 24-year-old from Hamburg took some effort against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov with 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 7 (3: 7), 6: 3.
After 2:45 hours, Zverev transformed the match ball and kept the chance of his sixth tournament victory this year at the ATP event, which is endowed with around three million euros. In the quarter-finals, the fourth in the world rankings will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud, who defeated the American Marcos Giron 6: 2, 6: 1.
Before that, Dominik Koepfer just barely missed another surprise in Paris. The Davis Cup professional lost against number seven seeded Poland Hubert Hurkacz 6: 4, 5: 7, 2: 6 despite a strong performance and was eliminated in the round of 16.
In the previous rounds, the 27-year-old Koepfer had surprisingly won against the British Andy Murray and the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. Actually Koepfer had already failed in the qualification, but then slipped into the main field as a lucky loser.
Against Hurkacz, Koepfer took the first set 6: 4 after 42 minutes and was two times ahead with a break in the second round. Hurkacz then improved, managed to equalize the set and in the end made it to the quarter-finals. The number ten in the tennis world thus also kept her chance of participating in the ATP Finals in Turin.
The world number one Novak Djokovic is meanwhile in the quarterfinals without a fight because his opponent Gael Monfils could not compete in the round of 16 duel.
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