Alexander Zverev eased back into straight-set rhythm after a five-setter in the previous round as the German sixth seeded accounted for former French Open giant killer Marco Cecchinato in the third round on Friday.

Zverev, US Open runner-up to Dominic Thiem, last month, defeated his Italian opponent 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.

The win was a relief after his four-hour effort on Wednesday against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The Italian served for the second set but was broken as Zverev took a stranglehold on the evening contest.

Cecchinato, a qualifier who has won his last five matches in Paris, made the run of his life here in 2018, knocking Novak Djokovic out in a quarter-final shocker before losing to Thiem in the semis.

The No. 110 has lost 12 times in Grand Slam first rounds – with his run of form two years ago and his showing this week his two career exceptions.

Alexander Zverev takes a tumble on the clay. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy Live News


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