World no. 6 Alexander Zverev is through to his third Major semi-final, and the first in Paris, following a one-sided 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over the first-time Major quarter-finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The better-ranked and more experienced player got broken three times in the opener, which didn’t affect his progress after four breaks of serve on his tally.
Davidovich Fokina lost the ground in sets two and three to carry the German over the top and into the last four. The German had 24 winners and 16 unforced errors, taking advantage of the opponent’s nearly 40 unforced mistakes and marching into the next round after an hour and 36 minutes.
Alexander grabbed nine breaks and destroyed his opponent in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, taming his strokes nicely and leaving the opponent far behind. The opening set was a mess, with seven breaks in ten games and almost 30 unforced errors in total.
Alexander Zverev was too strong for the Spanish rival.
They kicked off the action with back-to-back breaks, and the Spaniard grabbed another at 2-2 when the German netted an easy forehand volley. Alexander pulled it back in the next game following Davidovich Fokina’s backhand error, held at love and secured another break that sent him 5-3 in front.
Serving for the set, Zverev suffered a break to keep the rival in touch before closing it with the third straight break in game ten. The better-ranked player barely lost only four points behind the initial shot in set number two, and Davidovich Fokina couldn’t match that pace.
Alexander grabbed a break in the fourth game and moved 5-1 up with another break that pushed him closer to the set. Zverev placed a backhand down the line winner in the seventh game to seal the set and move closer to the finish line against the opponent who was miles from his best physically.
The three-time Roland Garros quarter-finalist barely lost a point behind the initial shot, and the finish line was clearly within his reach. He grabbed a break at 15 in game five and sealed the deal with another at 5-1. Alexander will face the fellow top-10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev in the semis, seeking his first triumph over the top-10 rivals at Majors after losing the previous nine!