French Open 2018: Alexander Zverev beats Karen Khachanov in five sets

French Open 2018: Alexander Zverev beats Karen Khachanov in five sets

Having needed five sets to see off Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in the second round, the German endured another nightmare outing before claiming victory after nearly four hours on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"I think with time we will see who can become the next Grand Slam champion, who can become the next world No 1".

Bosnian tennis star Damir Dzumhur was left with his heart in his mouth, colliding with a ball kid during his third round loss to Germany's Alexander Zverev at the French Open overnight.

"I'm young, so I might as well stay on court and practise a little bit", said Zverev.

He will face French No.15 seed Lucas Pouille or Karen Khachanov in the fourth round.

World number 38 Khachanov accelerated away with the third set, earning a double break after Zverev missed a chance to hit back. Khachanov is hitting the ball with confidence, looking to be aggressive and is doing a good job of controlling the point.

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In a meeting between the two youngest players remaining in the men's singles it was the 22-year-old Khachanov who secured a decisive second break to win the first set.

The Serbian has now made the second week at Roland Garros for the last nine years in a row.

The German second seed has never been beyond the fourth round of a major but he at least equalled that record as he fought back from a set and a break down - and saved match point in the fifth - to move into the last-16 at Roland Garros for the first time.

For Zverev it was a 33rd win of the season, the best figures on the tour which has also yielded clay court titles in Munich and Madrid as well as a runners-up spot to Nadal in Rome. Why not? Just because you said it so nicely, I'm going to believe that now'. He's too talented and either destroys his opponent or finds ways to win without playing his best.

"I'm not concerned. Mental, definitely not, because, you know, I'm in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam", he added.

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