Updated on 05/10/2022 at 11:08 am
- After his defeat in the final in Madrid, Alexander Zverev criticized the men’s organization ATP in pithy words.
- The scheduling of his games was “an absolute disgrace”, rumbled Zverev.
- However, Zverev has to admit that he would not have had a chance against the young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz that day, even under normal circumstances.
After his defeat in the final in Madrid, tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev criticized the men’s organization ATP for the late scheduling of his games. “The work of the ATP this week was an absolute shame,” said Zverev on Sunday after his clear 3: 6, 1: 6 against young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz. “Two days ago I went to bed around 4:00 a.m., 4:30 a.m., yesterday I went to bed at 5:20 a.m.,” said Zverev.
“If a normal person goes to bed at 4 a.m. one night and 5 a.m. the next night, it will be difficult for them to get up at all,” said the German number one. And for him, a final in a Masters 1000 tournament was on the program the next day, “against Carlos Alcaraz, who for me is the best player in the world at the moment,” said Zverev.
Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev justified his untitled start to the season with “bad luck” and “pressure”. That’s what the 25-year-old said before his round of 16 game at the clay court tournament in Munich this Wednesday. There he meets the Danish youngster Holger Rune. (Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa)
Spanish young star beats Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev
Alcaraz had beaten Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Madrid and then Zverev in the final. “I don’t want to belittle Carlos’ performance at all. Even if I had been fit, I probably wouldn’t have had a chance against him today,” said the German number one. “But it was difficult for me today. I had no coordination on my serve, no coordination on my groundstrokes,” said Zverev, who won the tournament at Caja Magica last year.
With the entry into the final, however, Zverev showed that his form curve is pointing upwards two weeks before the French Open in Paris. From Madrid, the 25-year-old is now going to Rome, where the next clay court event in the Masters 1000 category is scheduled for this week. In the first round, Zverev has a bye. In addition to the new coach Sergi Bruguera, Zverev’s father will also be back in Rome. Alcaraz will not start due to minor ankle problems.
At the tournament in Acapulco, Alexander Zverev’s fuses blew – he hit the referee’s chair several times with his racket. Now the Olympic champion commented on his freak out. (Image Credit: IMAGO/Xinhua)
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