Defending champion Alexander Zverev reached the fifth consecutive quarter-final on the Madrid Open after Lorenzo Musetti was pressured to retire from the pair’s third-round conflict on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion, right here on Thursday.
Zverev led 6-3, 1-0 in what had been a high-quality first face to face assembly between the 2 when a thigh harm to 20-year-old Musetti intervened in Arantxa Sanchez Stadium.
The World No 3 led the Italian after changing the one two break factors of the primary set within the seventh and ninth video games. Zverev now holds a 17-2 document in Madrid, the place the quick situations swimsuit his big-serving and high-powered sport.
Though the German needed to dig deep in his three-set win over former World No 3 Marin Cilic within the second spherical, second-seeded Zverev seemed in spectacular contact in opposition to Musetti and can eye one other deep run within the Spanish capital as he hunts a sixth Masters 1000 crown.
Zverev’s opponent in his twenty third Masters 1000 quarter-final might be eighth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime or tenth seed Jannik Sinner.