‘Being in the semi-finals doesn’t satisfy me’ – Alexander Zverev eases past Davidovich Fokina

Alexander Zverev routed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the French Open for the first time.

The sixth seed prevailed 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 against the world No. 46 in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

“It’s very nice to be in the semi-finals but just being here doesn’t satisfy me. I know I’m playing pretty okay and I hope I can continue playing the same way, maybe even better,” said Zverev in his on-court interview.

“After the first set, I think my baseline game improved a lot. I started dominating the points much more. In the beginning I didn’t think I played that well. So, I think I can play better hopefully.”

The German won an erratic opening set despite twice being down a break, and being broken three times in total.

He broke his 22-year-old opponent four times, including when the Spaniard served to stay in the set at 5-4 behind.

The 24-year-old then cruised through the second set in just 25 minutes after breaking twice and not facing a break point on serve.

Zverev continued his dominance as he stormed through the third set with three breaks of serve to claim victory.

He will face either fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or second seed Daniil Medvedev in the last four.

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