Schwartzman upsets misfiring Zverev to reach US Open quarters

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman dispatched a misfiring Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-3 to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Monday after heaping more Grand Slam misery on the sixth-seeded German. Schwartzman had not been on court for more than two hours in any of his previous matches. The number 20 seed was by far the fresher of the pair on a rainy day at Flushing Meadows, seeing off a weary Zverev in just over three hours. It was Labour Day in the US and Zverev, who had seen every one of his matches go to four sets or more, made hard work of his fourth round contest. He committed 17 double-faults. The fatal mistake, however, came in the fourth set with Schwartzman up 4-2 and Zverev fighting to stay in the match. The German was slapped with a point penalty after directing an obscenity at his box that gave the Argentina a 5-2 lead. The 22-year-old had earlier been given a warning for slamming the ball into the crowd. “I mean, code violation is fine,” said Zverev. “He said he gave me a warning before. I didn’t hear it. Diego didn’t hear it. Most of the crowd didn’t hear it. “I think the umpires next time should let me know about it. Zverev was a bit sheepish about the incident, explaining that he believed the up and coming young players needed to shut their mouths and let their play do the talking. “There’s a lot of young guys that do things on the tennis court that maybe is not the best thing to do,” said Zverev. “I don’t want the next generation to be known for that. “Let your tennis racket talk for you kind of. “I hope some of the NextGen will kind of learn from the older guys like Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) who have been unbelievable over their career, really let their racket talk for them, not try to distract opponents, something like that.” Regarded as an emerging talent and potential threat to the domination of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Zverev has so far failed to meet expectations, especially at Grand Slams. This is where he has never been beyond the quarter-finals. For Schwartzman, the win was just his sixth in 28 attempts against a top-10 opponent, sending him through to the last eight at a major tournament for only the third time. Schwartzman, who cruised into the fourth round without dropping a set, saw that run end quickly when Zverev grabbed the opener in spite of six double faults. The Argentine had begun smartly with the early break to go up 2-0, only to have Zverev sweep the next five games on the way to taking the first set. The second began the same way with Schwartzman snatching the early, break but this time he did not squander the advantage, breaking the misfiring German twice more to level the contest. Zverev had the first break in the third set, but Schwartzman had the last by breaking the German at 5-4 to lead the match. Schwartzman took a stranglehold on the contest by racing to a 4-0 lead then, after a brief fight back from Zverev. He finished off his opponent on his second match point with a stinging forehand winner. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alexander ZverevArgentinADiego SchwartzmanUS Openlast_img read more

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Broos: I’m not Scared of Being Fired

first_imgCameroon coach Hugo Broos says he does not fear being fired following his side’s 4-0 capitulation against Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.The Indomitable Lions slumped to a heavy defeat at the hands of the Super Eagles in Uyo on Friday evening, thanks to goals from Odion Ighalo, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho.The result leaves Cameroon seven points adrift of Group B leaders Nigeria and it seems their hope of qualifying for Russia 2018 is all but gone. Despite their gloomy position, coach Hugo Broos – who led the team to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year – insists that he is not worried about losing his job.“I am not afraid of that and I don’t think about that,” he said after the game. “Football is the same for a coach. Today they hail you; tomorrow they kill you – so no big difference with me.“So I am not afraid even if we don’t make it to the Fifa World Cup.”Broos will hope for an improved performance from his team when they host Nigeria in the return match tomorrow evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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