Alexander Zverev defeated Laslo Djere in straight sets on Friday.© AFP
German sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev entered the French Open in the semi-finals on Friday in his fourth successful year, beating Serbia’s Laslo Djere directly. The 24-year-old, who finished second in last year’s U.S. Open, saw Djere, ranked 55-2, 7-2, 7-5, 6-2 at Court Philippe Chatrier. The comfortable nature of the victory welcomed Zverev as he struggled from two sets to beat fellow countryman Oscar Otte in the first round against tightening three sets against Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin.
“This is the main goal of my tennis career, to win the Grand Slam, to get to the top of the standings. I think I’m on the right track again last year,” said Zverev, in the opposing midfield. equalized by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Kei Nishikori will face the former world number four as his retired third-tier opponent Henri Laakson was injured after the opening set to secure a place in the quarter-finals.
Rain was briefly hit by Roland Garros on Friday, but Zverev and Djere were able to continue under the roof of Chatrier.
The sixth world number one, when Nadal won the Madrid Open title last month, with Struck 31 winners and Djere out of four.
He came out of the difficulty in the second set, saving Djere three points on 3-5 free throws, but won 10 of the next 12 games.
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