Zverev Avenges Earlier Loss Against Veteran In Nice
Simon, Thiem also reach QF
Zverev, who had lost to Granollers in three sets at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, prevailed 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-2 in two hours and 41 minutes. In the third set, the 19-year-old German didn't face a break point and broke the 30 year old twice to get the win. “He's one of the best clay-court players... and he's been playing well,” Zverev said. “He has a lot of shots. He can do variety as well, so it was good for me to win that match.”
Zverev, last year's ATP Star of Tomorrow presented by Emirates, will try to reach his second semi-final of the season after reaching the same stage at the Open Sud de France in February. He will play Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals. Simon dismissed another #NextGen star Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4. The Frenchman fought past Fritz despite landing only 42 per cent of his first serves. The 31 year old is trying to reach the semi-finals in Nice for the third time (2012, 2014).
Seventh seed Andreas Seppi came from behind to grab his second win in six tries against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. The Italian hit seven aces and saved 10 of 12 break points to reach his second quarter-final of the season (Garanti Koza Sofia Open).
“It was a difficult match for sure, I always have tough matches against him,” Seppi said. “Hopefully I can play another good match tomorrow.”