Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Alexander Zverev: 'I eat two kilograms of strawberries a day'

Alexander Zverev: 'I eat two kilograms of strawberries a day'

'I saw that he was getting exhausted in the fifth set, ' the Latvian said in his post-match conference.

The 4 seed is scheduled to lock horns with Latvia's Ernests Gulbis next.

After trailing two sets to one on Thursday, fourth seed Alexander Zverev dropped just three games on Friday to overcome American Taylor Fritz 6-4 5-7 6-7 (0) 6-1 6-2 in the second round.

Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback.

"I saw that he was getting exhausted in the fifth set", said the Latvian, smiling. 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". Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I'm going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly.

"Stopping at 2-1 down was not a nice feeling but I played better than yesterday", said Zverev.

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to beat Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 3-6 7-6 (3) 6-1 in the third round.

On Monday, Gulbis will face No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, who was the runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open.

Gulbis is a former world No 10 but his ranking has collapsed to 138 due to a combination of injury and lack of focus.

He won 10 of the final 11 games of the match and by the end was playing brilliantly, sending rasping backhand winners down the line and landing 130mph serves. Now he has his first three-match winning streak on tour since 2016.

But the 21-year-old German has plenty of practice at scrambling out of trouble after three times winning from two sets to one down at the recent French Open.

More than any edge in age or experience, though, what both men figured determined the outcome of this match was that Zverev ran out of energy.

"It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set", Zverev said. "But I'll be back".

Gulbis has earned 115 ATP ranking points for advancing to the third round of Wimbledon, where he will take on the victor of the second-round dual between Taylor Fritz (United States) and Alexander Zverev (Germany).

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