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Vienna | Zverev battles past Simon

Vienna | Zverev battles past Simon

Top-seeded German Alexander Zverev booked a place in the quarterfinals of the Vienna Open 500 with a tough straight-set victory over the very resilient Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Zverev, who is ranked fifth in the world and is chasing his sixth title of the season, won a trying first set in a tiebreaker before posting a 7-6(6) 6-4 triumph.

Earlier in the day, fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(4) 6-3.

Meanwhile the diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman reached the last 16 after beating 30-year-old Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 2-6 6-2 while Roberto Carreno Busta withstood a tense second-set tiebreak for his 6-2, 7-6(7) victory over Guido Pella of Argentina.

Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina continued his fine form to end the season as he breezed to a 6-4 6-2 victory over Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania. Dzumhur, who downed Berankis in Sunday’s Kremlin Cup final, claimed Wednesday’s match in 66 minutes.
Dzumhur advances to face eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who won the European Open in Antwerp last week. Tsonga rebounded from dropping the first set against Russian qualifier Karen Khachanov in a tiebreak to secure a 6-7(2) 6-4 6-3 win.


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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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