World No 3 Alexander “Sascha” Zverev has made a significant breakthrough in his quest to end his Grand Slam curse. That is the verdict of Tennis Podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker after the German overcame Dusan Lajovic in five sets on Wednesday at Roland Garros.
Zverev, 21, has excelled on the ATP World Tour but has never been beyond the fourth round at a Grand Slam. His hard-fought victory over Lajovic, a tricky opponent on clay, was a statement to the rest of the draw that he’s ready to take the next step.
Whitaker also explains how Zverev has been showing off his lighter side when talking to the media, taking a particular liking to a journalist from Yorkshire.
Elsewhere, the team assess the comeback victories of Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori. Both were thrilling matches, with Dimitrov’s contest against Jared Donaldson even featuring a couple of rarely-seen underarm serves.
Novak Djokovic’s victory is also discussed. The Serb is the only player in the bottom half of the men’s draw not to drop a set, but how well is he actually playing?
Meanwhile, Simona Halep recovered from a slow start to beat Alison Riske. Is the World No 1 the favourite for the title? If she isn’t, who is? And why is no-one talking about Madison Keys and Naomi Osaka as genuine contenders?
Lastly, Serena Williams will be in singles action again (today) Thursday. But what did her coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s think of her first-round performance? Catherine Whitaker reveals all.
The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport)
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