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.