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Zverev wins in first match since French Open; Wawrinka, Norrie, Hurkacz also advance at Diriyah Tennis Cup

Wawrinka will face Rublev for a place in the semi-finals of the 12-player exhibition event

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2022 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz || 232288_0259

In his first appearance since his horrific ankle injury at the French Open, Germany’s Alexander Zverev scored a win over Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Zverev defeated former world No 3 and good friend Dominic Thiem in two super tiebreaks 10-8, 10-7. All matches are best of three super tiebreaks.

The German will next meet Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals later on Friday. Medvedev received a bye in the first round. Cameron Norrie, Hubert Hurkacz and Stan Wawrinka also made it through to the last eight with wins on Thursday afternoon.

Norrie beats Kyrgios to reach quarters against Tsitsipas

Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie scored a 10-6, 10-6 win over Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the third match of the day. Norrie will meet Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the semi-finals. All quarter-final matches will take place on Thursday evening.

Wawrinka, Hurkacz also reach Diriyah Tennis Cup QFs

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka was the first winner of the day at the Diriyah Tennis Cup with the Swiss scoring a win over Italy’s Matteo Berrettini.

The 12-player exhibition event kicked off in Saudi Arabia on Thursday with Wawrinka beating Berrettini 5-10, 10-4, 10-6 (all matches consist of best of three super tiebreaks).

With the win, Wawrinka advances to meet Russia’s Andrey Rublev later today in the last eight. Rublev received a bye into the quarter-finals.

In the last pre-quarter-final clash, Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz scored a 10-7, 10-5 win over young Swiss Dominic Stricker. Hubert will meet American Taylor Fritz for a place in the last four.

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