Alexander Zverev defeats Taylor Fritz in Wimbledon second round

Alexander Zverev defeats Taylor Fritz in Wimbledon second round

Despite being widely-tipped to be a Grand Slam threat, it was another let-down for Zverev whose run to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last month remains his best performance at the Majors.

In the women's draw, seven-times victor Serena Williams overcame her first big test in confident fashion by beating France's Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6 (2).

"I saw that he was getting exhausted in the fifth set", said the Latvian, smiling. For me, because it's such a closed court, for me the court is dark at 7.30pm.

The 36-year-old Swiss extended his winning streak to 29 consecutive sets at the All England Club.

'I was exhausted from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, ' he said. "I was feeling physically really good".

Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, is the only top 10 ranked player remaining, but she has never won a Major.

Juan Martín del Potro outpowered Benoît Paire 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

The 19-year-old will faces USA ninth seed John Isner for a place in the quarter-finals.

The German next faces Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis for a place in the last 16.

"This is only my second serious tournament back", said Williams, who is returning from a maternity leave. "I love playing night sessions".

'I think that he's a future Grand Slam victor.

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The former US Open victor, who made the semi-finals in 2013, next faces unseeded Gilles Simon of France.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, a former top 10 player whose ranking slumped out of the top 300 previous year after wrist surgery, made the fourth round for the second time with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

El Salvador's Marcelo Arevalo and Chilean Hans Podlipnik-Castillo beat British pair Jay Clarke and Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-7 (5) 5-7 6-4 22-20 after five hours of play stretched over two days in a marathon opening-round men's doubles clash. I think that he's going to be able to do it'.

"Today in the warmup, I was actually maybe thinking about it, not to play at all".

Juan Martin del Potro made the last 16 for the first time in five years when the Argentine fifth seed defeated France's Beno?t Paire 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

"I'm very calm. I try to find ways to win".

Deep down, however, the No 4 seed knew the game was up long before his 7-6 (2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 defeat after the effects of a stomach bug ripped all the energy from his body.

"For me the most part of the second set and third set, for me we played in darkness".

Meanwhile, Zverev seemed to have the match under control when he rallied from a break down to take the third set.

After reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open earlier this year, the 21-year-old is hoping to go even further on the Wimbledon grass.

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