Zverev Triumphs Over De Minaur in Quarterfinal Showdown; Meets Ruud at Roland Garros SFs
Alexander Zverev raises his arms in celebration after winning the title in Rome. May 19, 2024. Rome, Italy. Photo credit: Internazionali BNL d'ltalia/FIT.

World number four Alexander Zverev makes it through to his fourth straight Roland Garros semifinal after prevailing over 11th seed Alex de Minaur in straight sets on the terre battue in Paris on Wednesday.

German player Alexander Zverev overpowered Alex de Minaur, the first Australian man to reach the singles quarterfinal in Paris in 20 years, with a 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory after two hours and 59 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

In his on-court interview, Zverev, who advanced to his fourth Roland Garros semifinal, commented: “I have a mindset that you have to work harder than everyone else to be the best player, and I think the best players are all doing that.”

I like to work to my limit; if I do that, playing five sets is not that difficult. I have been doing that for many years and am happy it is paying off. I am happy to be in another semifinal. Hopefully, I can win one.”

The last men’s semifinalist surged from the world-class last-eight clash between two players who arrived at Roland Garros at the peak of their games.

The 27-year-old German will meet two-time French Open finalist Casper Ruud on Friday for a place in the championship match.

The other semifinal will feature new world No. 1 Jannik Sinner against two-time Slam champion Carlos Alcaraz.

On Sunday, one of them will conquer a maiden Roland Garros crown.

An entertaining first set went Zverev’s way, who broke serve twice, taking the opener 6-4 in 50 minutes as the World No. 11 double-faulted.

De Minaur raised his level, but so did Zverev as the second set wore on, featuring nail-biting rallies and high-quality shotmaking from both sides of the net, setting the tone of a vertiginous tennis contest.

The Australian covered the court with brilliance, displaying his outstanding speed around the court to neutralize the German ferocious ball-striking, who nonetheless found a way through, only separated by small margins.

The Hamburg native found an edge to convert his first break in the set in the fifth game, only for his adversary to break straight back as the fourth seed double-faulted.

With the scoreboard even at 3-3, small margins separated the players in an electrifying, intense matchup that brought a packed stadium to the edge of their seats.

A lengthy 12th game saw Zverev, who came off the back of two back-to-back five-set matches, saving a break point before sending the set to a tiebreaker.

Then, he pulled a spectacular recovery, down 0-4 to set the level at 5-5, and never looked back, closing out 7-5 after 76 minutes, forcing an error from his opponent, earning a two-set lead.

The 22-time ATP titlist built upon momentum to take control of the first half of the set, recording a break in the sixth game to open a 4-2 advantage over an erratic rival, who dropped intensity.

However, the 25-year-old from Sidney fought back from 2-4 down to break in the ninth game when Zverev was serving for the match, keeping his chances alive at 4-5.

Regardless, the Italian Open reigning champion would not be denied the triumph, wrapping up an inspired performance with a break in the 10th game as the talented Australian hit a backhand wide, taking the set 6-4 and the match.

The former world number two won 69 percent of his first serves points at an average speed of 208 Km/h. Moreover, he fired 20 winners and 48 unforced errors.

The Mexican Open winner hit 28 winners to 53 unforced errors for his part.

En Route to the Last Four

Zverev defeated Dane Holger Rune 4-6, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-2 to reach his sixth quarterfinal at the French Open in the last seven years.

Meanwhile, De Minaur progressed to his maiden Roland Garros quarterfinal by taking down fifth seed Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3, becoming the first Australian man to reach the major last eight since 2004 on Monday.

Following Novak Djokovic retirement due to injury after pulling an epic comeback win over Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, Ruud advanced to the semifinal on familiar ground.

Previously, he beat American Taylor Fritz 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, setting a clash against the Serbian.

The Norwegian leads the ATP in wins (39), finals (5) and clay wins (21) in 2024.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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