Alexander Zverev has reached the last eight in Monte Carlo against clay court specialist Pablo Carreno Busta. The Hamburg player prevailed in two sets.

Germany’s best tennis player Alexander Zverev has reached the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Monte Carlo. Despite being down a break in both sets, the 24-year-old Olympic champion won 6:2, 7:5 against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. At 5:4 in the second set, Zverev missed two chances on Carreno Busta’s serve to decide the round of 16 for himself. He then used his fourth match point at 6:5 with a net attack.

Zverev will now face Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 clay-court tournament, which is worth around 5.2 million euros. The South Tyrolean eliminated Russian professional Andrej Rublev 5:7, 6:1, 6:3.

Against the world number 19 Carreno Busta, Zverev lost his first service game 0:1 in both sets, but made up the deficit in each case. With four game winners in a row, the world number three laid the foundation for winning the first set. In the second set, the Hamburg player evened the score at 3-3.

In his opening match in his adopted country, Zverev had beaten the Argentine Federico Delbonis 6:1, 7:5 and had a walk-through in the first round as the number two seed. Because the Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic surprisingly dropped out early, Zverev is the highest-ranked player in the field. He hopes to reach his second final this year in Monte Carlo.