Updated on 05/10/2022 at 11:08
- After the defeat in the Madrid final, Alexander Zverev criticized the ATP men’s organization with concise words.
- The schedule of his matches was “an absolute disgrace,” Zverev grumbled.
- However, Zverev has to admit that he would have had no chance against young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz that day, even under normal circumstances.
After the defeat in the Madrid final, Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev criticized the ATP men’s organization for late scheduling of his matches. “The work of the ATP this week was a real shame,” Zverev said on Sunday following his 3: 6, 1: 6 clear against young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz. “Two days ago I went to bed around 4:00, 4:30, yesterday I went to bed at 5:20,” Zverev said.
“If a normal person goes to bed at 4 am one night and 5 am the next night, it will be difficult for them to get up,” said the German number one. And for him, a Masters 1000 final was scheduled the next day, “against Carlos Alcaraz, who for me is the best player in the world right now,” said Zverev.
Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev justified his untitled start to the season with “bad luck” and “pressure”. That’s what he said the 25-year-old ahead of the round of 16 match at the Munich clay tournament this Wednesday. There he meets the young Danish Holger Rune. (Photo: Sven Hoppe / dpa)
The young Spanish star beats Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev
Alcaraz had beaten Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Madrid and then Zverev in the final. “I absolutely don’t want to detract from Carlos’ performance. Even if I had been in shape, I probably wouldn’t have had a chance against him today,” said the German number one. “But today it was difficult for me. I had no coordination on serve, no coordination on baseline shots,” said Zverev, who won the tournament at Caja Magica last year.
By entering 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 heading to Roma, where the next clay court event in the Masters 1000 category is scheduled this week. In the first round, Zverev has a farewell. In addition to the new coach Sergi Bruguera, Zverev’s father will also return to Rome. Alcaraz will not leave for minor ankle problems.
At the Acapulco tournament, Alexander Zverev’s fuses exploded: he hit the referee’s chair several times with his racket. Now the Olympic champion has commented on his mania. (Image credit: IMAGO / Xinhua)