Alexander Zverev (GER) vs.  Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
There would be no repeat of their last encounter, where Zverev took the first set only to lose the match in three sets. Today he had to battle those demons, the French crowd and his resilient opponent, Chardy. Just like their last encounter, Zverev took the first set with some forceful tennis and Chardy fought back and demonstrated his ability to play power tennis as well to take the second set. This is where all similarity to their first encounter ended.
Chardy got off to a shaky start in the third set and Zverev capitalized early to get the break lead. Things escalated for the young German emotionally, as he felt that there were many poor line calls that went against him. In the past, he would have let that distract him enough to cost him the match, but our spotlight player continues to show he is maturing with each match; he vented his frustration verbally at the Umpire and then proceeded to play the brilliant tennis he had played in the first set to get the insurance break to win the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
By virtue of winning today’s match, Zverev ruined the all French affair as he is the only non-French player in the semifinals. His next opponent will be Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; however, that will be another tough battle for the young German, since he lost their only previous encounter. I expect this will be the match of the day and young Zverev will have to bring his best effort if he wants to suppress the enthusiastic French crowd and stop Tsonga. Is he up to the challenge? I think he is.
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