Zverev apologizes for “bottomless” performance among viewers

Updated on 29/4/2022 at 13:41

  • Uncertain, unimaginative, unusually flawed: Alexander Zverev left the tournament in Munich in the round of 16.
  • He then apologized for his “bottomless” performance – and clearly criticized himself.

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With tears in his eyes, Alexander Zverev judged himself harshly. He described his performance at the tournament in Munich as “bottomless”.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the spectators, I’m sorry for the tournament,” he began the press conference after his disappointing knockout round against the Danish teenager Holger Rune on Wednesday. The German Olympic champion had no chance with clear 3: 6, 2: 6. He described the fight as “the worst” in recent years.

Zverev blames himself

“Hamburg alone was to blame for the violent setback on the road to his big goal number 1.” It’s not my fitness coach’s fault. It’s not my physio’s fault. If you find an excuse now, you’re not the smartest person in the world, “he said. Zverev discouraged.

The Munich Triple mission failed before it really got underway. Zverev waved apologetically to the audience as he left Center Court.

After an untitled start to the season, the Davis Cup player traveled to the Bavarian capital with great ambitions. Instead of his third winning car, there was the next disappointment.

“I was incredibly nervous before the match today. It was the first time in Germany in front of an audience in years,” said Zverev. He still has about a month to find the form before the start of the French Open.

In Munich, Zverev played unusually wrong from the start and immediately gave up his first service game. “I played without a forehand today. I would have lost to everyone in the main draw today,” said Zverev, helpless and crushed.

Rune’s stop balls in particular caused the 1.98 meter tall German significant problems. Zverev quarreled loudly in the almost fully occupied center court in Munich, cursing in the direction of his box.

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Zverev restless and unimaginative

Those of the many German fans on the Aumeisterweg who had hoped for a turnaround in the second set were quickly disappointed. A forehand in the net, a backhand off and a volley somewhere in the advertising band – Zverev seemed completely insecure and unimaginative at one of his favorite tournaments.

After a little more than 90 minutes, number 70 from Denmark used the second match point. For 18-year-old Rune, it was the first victory of his career against a top ten player. “I really did my best even though you did not see it on the field,” Zverev explained.

Daniel Altmaier from Kempen had previously lost his round of 16 final. The 23-year-old lost 6-2, 6-4 to seventh-placed Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic. Oscar Otte is the last German in the traditional Munich tournament. The top favorite for the title is now Norwegian Casper Ruud. (dpa / msc)

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Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev justified his untitled start to the season with “accidents” and “pressure”. The 25-year-old said this before his round of 16 at the clay court tournament in Munich on Wednesday. There he meets the Danish young Holger Rune. (Photo: Sven Hoppe / dpa)

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