Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP 00:06, June 06, 2023

Alexander Zverev, former world No. 2, now 27th, continued his renaissance at Roland Garros by qualifying for the quarterfinals at the expense of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (29th), dominated 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 Monday night. Zverev will face Argentina's Tomas Martin Etcheverry (49th), who fell 7-6 (10/8), 6-0, 6-1 to Yoshihito Nishioka (33rd).

This edition of Roland-Garros 2023 looks like that of the renaissance for Zverev. After his victory against Gregor Dimitrov in three sets, here is the 26-year-old German in the quarterfinals having dropped only one set on the Parisian clay, a year after leaving the Centre Court leaning on crutches after seriously twisting his right ankle in the middle of the semi-final against Rafael Nadal. The injury kept him out of action for the rest of the 2022 season.

"It's extraordinary that I'm playing the way I'm playing right now, I'm very happy, I'm back in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, it's incredible for me," he said. "I hope more great things are coming, now that I'm here, I don't want to leave," added Zverev, at best a Grand Slam finalist so far, at the 2020 US Open.

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Accustomed to nocturnal nights

This is the first time since returning to the circuit in early 2023 that Zverev has won four matches in a row in a Grand Slam tournament. As a regular of the evening session, it is his third match in a row scheduled in the evening, the great German has tamed the decidedly very windy conditions since the beginning of the Parisian fortnight and his opponent in just over two and a quarter hours.

Apart from two setbacks, when he was led 4-2 in the second set, and then when Dimitrov came back from 3-0 to 3-3 in the third, Zverev largely had control of the game. At 23, Etcheverry will play him his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal. Until then, there had never been any progress beyond the second round.