Saturday night lights: Zverev v Tiafoe
This fortnight is full circle for Alexander Zverev, who crashed out of his semi-final with Rafael Nadal last year with damaged ankle ligaments that required surgery – and didn't play again in 2022.
He arrives near to his best again, but American Frances Tiafoe has only grown in confidence himself in the last 12 months, off the back of his run to the US Open semis and his first red clay title in April.
While Tiafoe is favoured as the No.12 seed, the German, seeded No.22, has been ranked as high as No.2 and has a sterling 6-1 head-to-head record over 'Big Foe'. They’ve never met on clay, however.
Zverev made a return to Court Philippe-Chatrier in his second round, a pivotal moment after last year’s nightmare: “I hadn't been out there at all since the accident,” he said. “[That was] quite important for me. I am extremely excited to be playing on that court again.”