Zverev claims Wimbledon fourth round berth

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Fourth seed Alexander Zverev has overcome American Taylor Fritz in four sets to make Wimbledon's fourth round, matching his best performance at the grand slam.

The world No.6 squandered break points early before firing 19 aces and 45 winners to clinch a 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) win over the No.31 seed.

The German, who reached the round of 16 at the All England Club in 2017, kept his unforced errors low and repeatedly tested the serve of the American, who underwent surgery less than a month ago after suffering a knee injury at Roland Garros.

After the first set went without a break of serve, the 23-year-old Fritz raised his game in the tiebreaker to take the lead against Zverev who had failed to convert two break point opportunities.

The players traded service breaks in the second set but Zverev, 24, converted a second opportunity to level the match and then took the lead with a single break of serve in the third.

It was Zverev's turn to play solidly in the fourth set tiebreaker and despite committing his ninth double-fault he was able to close out the contest when Fritz sent a forehand long.

Zverev hit 45 winners, 19 of them aces, while keeping his unforced errors to 25.

Next up for the German will be Canadian 16th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who advanced to the round of 16 when Australian Nick Kyrgios retired with an injury.

Meanwhile, No.7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy made short work of Aljaz Bedene, beating the Slovenian 6-4 6-4 6-4 for his 100th Tour level match victory.

He also equalled his best Wimbledon performance by reaching the round of 16.

There was more joy for Italians on Saturday as No.23 seed Lorenzo Sonego defeated Australian James Duckworth 6-3 6-4 6-4, making it just the third time that two Italian men have advanced to the fourth round of the grass court major.

Nicola Pietrangeli and Giuseppe Merlo achieved the feat last time in 1955.

Berrettini is considered a Wimbledon dark horse in the absence of Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem and the early loss of Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning the Queen's title.

No.14 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland also reached the fourth round after overcoming Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-4 6-2.

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