Wimbledon 2018: Alexander Zverev survives scare to reach third round

Gulbis is now ranked 138th and he is the first qualifier in the last 16 at Wimbledon since Brian Baker in 2012. He'd never attempted that before and is now the first male qualifier to get to the fourth round in six years. "It has been a great match for me", Gulbis said. "It makes me stronger mentally".

Zverev has plenty of practice at scrambling out of trouble after three times winning from two sets to one down at the recent French Open.

But Gulbis, who came through qualifying to play in the competition, launched an unlikely fight back to win the fourth 6-3.

"I don't know how far I will go in the tournament but I'm confident", Del Potro said.

Zverev will play former world No 10 Ernests Gulbis next, and then if he wins, either Kei Nishikori or Nick Kyrgios.

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Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback. Claiming he is starting to fulfil his vast potential, Zverev added: "The difference between now and a year ago, probably a little longer ago, is that when I'm down two sets to one or something like that, I don't really panic". Gulbis had won only one Tour match in 2018 before Wimbledon and has been working his way back up the rankings on the Challenger Tour. Now he has his first three-match winning streak on tour since 2016.

Describing Gulbis as a 29-year-old ranked 138 in the world, could conjure the image of a journeyman scraping by.

More than any edge in age or experience, though, what both men figured determined the outcome of this match was that Zverev ran out of energy.

Zverev had a stomach bug during his second-round tie with Taylor Fritz which spread over two days.

"It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set", Zverev said.

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