ATP Wimbledon: Gulbis serves a bagel to send Alexander Zverev packing

Alexander Zverev reached the fourth round last year

However, he has only once made the last eight of a slam once - at this year's French Open - and the fourth seed suffered the indignity of being bagelled in the final set on Court No.1 as world number 138 Gulbis triumphed 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0.

The result was particularly surprising considering that Gulbis had just one main-draw victory on the ATP World Tour this season coming into Wimbledon, where he had to battle through qualifying and now has won his first three main-draw matches.

Encouraging though it is to see the 21-year-old's mental strength, it's impossible to ignore the fact Zverev has shown in recent times he could do with being more efficient, using up more energy in the second round.

"But then I thought, 'Well, if I don't feel well, it's going to be one set".

The 36-year-old Serena faces Russian qualifier - and fellow mother - Evgeniya Rodina in the last 16.

"Today in the warmup I was actually maybe thinking about it, not to play at all".

Zverev said he was returning much harder on Friday, rushing Fritz and giving him less time to react. If I don't play sport, I eat two kilograms a day'. "I hope he's going to go even further in the tournament". "I was feeling physically really good".

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to beat Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 3-6 7-6 (3) 6-1 in the third round.

Juan Martín del Potro outpowered Benoît Paire 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3. We played in dark for an hour. In fact, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg wrote it was the fourth time in his last five wins at a major that he had to play the maximum five sets. "I'm very calm. I try to find ways to win". I thought that honestly.

Frenchman Gael Monfils reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in 10 appearances, beating last year's semi-finalist Sam Querrey 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2. But I always say the same: "Roger and Rafa Nadal are the favourites, although there are many players who can be important in the last matches too".

Determined not to make an early exit in a tournament where he reached the fourth round a year ago - bettered in Grand Slams only by his quarter-final in Paris this year - Zverev came out guns blazing on Friday and powered Fritz into submission.

The world No 44 from France will next meet another big server in Kevin Anderson, who overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 7-5.

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