WATCH: Alexander Zverev conquers Pablo Carreno Busta to continue quest for full clay Masters cabinet
Alexander Zverev is one step closer to completing the full set clay court Masters titles by downing Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the last eight.
The German has reached the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo for the first time since 2018 by defeating the Spaniard 6-2, 7-5.
After claiming titles in Rome in 2017 and Madrid in 2018 and 2021, Monte Carlo remains the only clay Masters event Zverev has not won.
The world number three said after the win: “For my second clay court match of the season I can’t complain too much.
“I lost focus a little bit in the second set.
“But at the end of the day [Carreno Busta] is someone who can really play so I’m happy with a two-set win.”
After Tsitsipas won earlier to reach his 13th career Masters 1000 quarter-final, this win for Zverev means he is into his 22nd at 1000 level, a ninth on clay.
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Zverev now awaits the winner of 2021 finalist Andrey Rublev and world number 12 Jannik Sinner.
While the German is 5-0 against Rublev over their careers, he is 2-1 over the younger Italian, though Sinner won their only previous meeting on clay in the fourth round of Roland Garros 2020.
That was their first ever tour meeting, with Zverev since winning their next two battles, both on hard courts.
Zverev is now 16-5 in 2022 as he looks to back up a 2021 season which saw him lead the tour in terms of titles won, jointly doing so alongside world number one Novak Djokovic, with each claiming five titles last year.
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