Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Alexander Zverev's frustration boils over during five-set exit at Australian Open

Alexander Zverev's frustration boils over during five-set exit at Australian Open

"I definitely have some figuring out to do for myself".

In the men's bracket, last year's victor Roger Federer, dispatched Richard Gasquet in straight sets, while Novak Djokovic impressed as he eased his way to victory over world number 21 Albert Ramos Vinolas and Dominic Thiem cruised into the last 16 after defeating Adrian Mannarino.

When Zverev suffered his second break in the fifth set, he totally obliterated his racquet in anger, smashing it to the ground before finishing the job with his foot.

The match was originally scheduled for Rod Laver Arena, but was moved to Margaret Court Arena due to a backlog of long matches at the larger venue. "We both played a good level", he said, "so it was fun". "It's maybe not paying off at the slam level, but just stay calm, don't dig yourself in a hole". "I'm just trying to play 100% and that was the key today". I mean, I don't want to put a number where he can be.

Federer next plays Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, who beat Nicolas Kicker in straight sets earlier Saturday. "He grinds, he gets a lot of balls back", Djokovic said after the win.

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"It was okay. Nothing major", Djokovic said. I learned a lot in the past 24 months, especially since a year ago was so tough for me. We have to take that in consideration. I knew the match would be tough, she's a champion and has been playing well. "I'm very pleased for that".

The last set lasted for an incredible two hours, 20 minutes, with Halep saving three match points in the 22nd game to hold for 11-11.

American Tennys Sandgren, who defeated 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka in the second round, continued to make progress, putting out German Maximilian Marterer 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). "It feels kind of silly", the 26-year-old Sandgren said.

"First let's maybe try to look for a quarters or a semi-finals, not just right away think, coming to the Australian Open or the US Open, I have to win this thing". But to realistically set my sights on a second week wasn't on the cards.

"I had the 300th win of my career at the US Open in 2014, so this is also handsome one".

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Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem crushed Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to run his record to 7-0 over the Frenchman, reaching the second week in just over two hours with 42 winners and nine aces.

Federer prevailed 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 over Gasquet.

The early signs of Zverev's meltdown started to show in the fourth set, with Chung leading 4-1, when he argued with the umpire about why the lights had not been turned on as a result of the fading light.

Fabio Fognini beat Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to join compatriot Andreas Seppi in the last 16, the first time for Italy to place two men this far in a grand slam since 1976 Roland Garros.

He will next play the victor last Sunday's later match between top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman.

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