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What Amir Dzumhur did after crashing into a ball boy at the French Open

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Unsurprisingly, all eyes are on Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

The 31-year-old is aiming for a staggering eleventh title in the French capital, and, going on current form, is well on track to rewrite history.

Unless someone can cause an almighty upset, it seems as though all the other men’s matches in Paris this year might just be a mere formality.

Nonetheless, there has been some fine tennis on display in the City of Lights, none more so than when second seed Alexander Zverev took on world number 29 Damir Dzumhur in the third round.

Zverev was given the fright of his life by the Bosnian, saving a match point before eventually going on to win the encounter 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

The German was worryingly errant as he limped into the Round of 16, giving away 73 unforced errors and serving seven double faults.

The 21-year-old is seen as one of the few who may be capable of challenging Nadal come the business end of the championship next week.

However, based on this performance, he could be in big trouble if he ends up on the same court as the undisputed king of clay.

Dzumhur, on the other hand, will be desperately disappointed to have so narrowly missed out on causing one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

2018 French Open - Day Six

The Bosnian came so close but ultimately fell short, however, he can hold his head up high having caused Zverev a world of problems throughout the clash.

There is more than one reason for Dzumhur to be proud of himself, though, after drawing praise for his lovely reaction when he was involved in a bizarre incident with a ball boy.

Having sent a forehand skyward that would clearly not make it over the net, both ball boy and Dzumhur moved in to catch the ball.

With both sets of eyes firmly focused on the ball, it had all the makings of a nasty collision.

Deary me.

Credit to Dzumhur though. Despite being visibly shaken, his concern for the ball boy in the aftermath of the incident was lovely to see.

Who wouldn’t love a big bear hug from a professional tennis star?

Dzumhur was given a deserved round of applause too.

Thankfully the lad looked to be in fine fettle at the end of it all and the match was able to continue.

Topics:
French Open
US Open Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Wimbledon
Australian Open
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