Deep breastfeeding Olympic champion Alexander Zverev with head-raised head from the square. All his title hopes for the Australian Open has to be rejoiced in Germany's best tennis player after a puzzled weak and sluggish appearance abruptly in the second round. After 3: 6, 6: 7 (5: 7), 3: 6 Against Canadian Denis Shapovalov On Sunday in Melbourne, the possible dream duel with the Spanish Tennis Star Rafael Nadal falls out in the quarterfinals.
At the end of the day, it was not good enough, said the best German tennis player: There are no excuses. There is nothing, I have to take it myself on my own hat and try to make the best, said the World ranking third.
I have felt extremely slow, I did not felt fresh.
Zeal was considered the first Grand Slam tournament of the year as a co-favorite and had traveled with the aim of Australia to get the title. I could sit here now, and say, I have a cold and something else. But no, I'm always very honest, I have nothing. I just had a fucking week to be honest, said The 24-year-old Hamburgers.
After the strange tennis match over 2:21 hours with numerous inexplicable mistakes, the sloppy Hamburg had hurried to come from the square. From frustration Zeal had tackled a racket at the beginning of the second sentence, but he did not convert it into energy and world-class tennis. A 5: 3 in the second sentence did not reach the set equalization. I felt extremely slowly, I did not felt fresh, he said.
He tried. I've broken the bat. I do not just do that. If you play so bad, you can do what you want, you can hope as you want, it does not change, he said. Boris Becker as an expert at Eurosport judged: So passive I have not seen him for a long time, maybe he had something. Something did not run around this week in Australia.
The World Rank List 14. Shapovalov, last year's semi-finalist of Wimbledon, but never had fluctuations in Melbourne, but has never been over the third round, but this could not use Zeal for itself. Disappointing - he has never found his game, did not have the dynamics, the aggressiveness, Becker said.
Duel against Naval falls out
His claims became Zeal after the three successes in three sentences in the three rounds previously down Under no longer meets. Because the Serbian world ranking first and record champion Novak Djokovic was not allowed to compete due to his canceled visa, Zeal's chances had risen - even if the 20-color Grand Slam tournament winner Naval was waiting for the quarterfinals.
The World Rank's third was missing against Shapovalov the usual security in the basic strikes. Of the self-confidence, which had excellent him in recent months of last season after his gold medal of Tokyo, nothing was seen. The Melbourne semi-finalist of 2020 was tired.
Room break and false decisions
He conceded the break to 1: 3, with 1: 4 in arrears. When he lost the premium in the second sentence early, Zeal choked his racket three times his bat on the ground, made him playful and conceded a warning. The exuberance seemed only a matter of time. But it was not better: Zeal met incorrect decisions in the change of ball, he did not meet some balls right and acted at passive.
Exceptional: When he himself had a break chance to the 2: 2, he met the return with the racket framework. The ball landed on the top viewer rows. The next break chance used Zeal then. But that he stayed in the game, he was more likely to owe the lack of Konstanz Shapovalovs.
Characteristic of the unsafe appearance also the loss of the second sentence: left-handed Shapovalov made a double error in his first sentence ball. But instead of balancing with the own premium to the 6: 6, Zeal came a completely failed framework ball. The third sentence also started with a rapid impact loss. I'll still do everything that I'll keep up to the Grand Slam Trophy at some point, Zeal said, At the moment, it's time to talk about it, because I have just lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open.