Highlights: Sharapova demolishes Pliskova to reach fourth round

Highlights: Sharapova demolishes Pliskova to reach fourth round

Highlights: Sharapova demolishes Pliskova to reach fourth round

In the second set, Zverev seemed headed for another quick ending when he broke Dzumhur's serve in the third game and held his serve to take the fourth game for a 3-1 lead. A later errant backhand ended the tiebreaker.

"I think it was important to see for myself that I can win back-to-back five-set matches and both very hard physical matches", continued Zverev. "He was playing very smart in that moment".

It was a brief reprieve as Khachanov's aggressive volleying tactics earned him a third set-point chance and this time the Russian took it to clinch the opener.

Ahead 5-4 in the fifth, Dzumhur was one point from winning while Zverev served at 30-40.

The German had survived successive five-setters in the previous two rounds, including saving a match point against Damir Dzumhur in the last 32, but his tired legs and blistered feet again worked overtime to carry him over the finishing line against Khachanov.

His victory is unlikely to be welcomed by fiery Italian Fabio Fognini, who launched into a tirade against supposed preferential treatment for the ATP's "NextGen" players at the French Open. But Zverev - at 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), he is 9 inches (20 centimeters) taller than Dzumhur - came up with the goods, a 118 miles per hour service victor.

His father taught Sascha, as Zverev is called by many, and brother Mischa - in third-round action Saturday - the importance at that age of process over results, preparing them for success not as juniors but as pros. But I'm trying to win. That's all that matters.

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But Zverev held his nerve to force a tiebreak, which he won comfortably and eventually prevailed in the final set to book his first trip to the last 16 of the tournament.

Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov was far from his best in a 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-4 defeat by claycourt specialist Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

Djokovic's fourth-round opponent is Fernando Verdasco.

Alexander Zverev saved a match point and survived a second successive French Open scare yesterday, coming back to defeat Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur in five sets to reach the fourth round for the first time.

Kei Nishikori advanced to the fourth round of the French Open by beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Play has started under overcast skies at the French Open with second-seeded Alexander Zverev and fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov both bidding to reach the fourth round for the first time.

The 34-year-old Verdasco inflicted an early exit on Dimitrov, with the Spaniard winning 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-4 in his 350th clay-court match.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki whizzed into the fourth round with a brutal 6-0, 6-3 demolition of local favorite Pauline Parmentier on Friday.

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