Monte Carlo - Third seed Alexander Zverev came through a three-set tussle with
fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday to set up a possible Monte
Carlo Masters quarter-final with his brother Mischa.
20-year-old, who won two Masters titles last season, became frustrated
in the second set but came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and will play either
his older brother Mischa or Richard Gasquet in the last eight.
"Hopefully my brother will win and it will be an amazing day tomorrow," said the younger Zverev.
world No 4 claimed the opening set thanks to a break in game
seven, before a bizarre second set in which both players struggled on
Zverev became increasingly frustrated as he constantly gave
away leads, complaining that advertising cushions on the side of the
court were dangerous.
Struff claimed the set to level the match
with the seventh break of serve in only eight games, as Zverev hurled
his racquet to the ground in anger.
He refound his range in the decider, though, racing into a 5-2 lead with a double break.
was broken to love when serving for a place in the last eight and then
missed a match point in Struff's following service game, but finally got
over the line as his opponent fired wide.
Belgian sixth seed
David Goffin held off a late fightback from Roberto Bautista Agut to
reach the last eight with a 6-4, 7-5 win, in a match that saw the
Spaniard accidentally hit a ballboy with the ball.
The 11th seed
was broken to slip 4-1 down in the second set, and when returning the
ball to the other side of the net, saw it strike a ballboy as he ran
across the front of the net.
"I just saw the ball going straight
to the ball boy. I was surprised he only had a warning. For me, if you
send a ball at the head of a ball boy, you're out," said Goffin.
don't know what the rules are exactly and how he could get a warning.
He was saying the ball bounced, and the ball boy was there by
coincidence. Unlucky for him."
Monte Carlo Masters results on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Alexander Zverev (GER x3) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
David Goffin (BEL x6) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x11) 6-4, 7-5