Zverev loses the final against Bublik

DAlexander Zverev’s mission to rectify Melbourne was not entirely successful. About two weeks after his disappointing knockout round at the Australia Open, the Olympic champion missed his first title of the year at the tennis tournament in Montpellier. Zverev lost in the final against Kazakh Alexander Bublik 4: 6, 3: 6 on Sunday, but gained a little new confidence during the week in France after the frustration from Australia.

Against Bublik, however, the 24-year-old was never able to build on his previous strong performances at the tournament. On the way to his first final this year, Zverev had just given up 13 matches and defeated his opponents in quick succession. The idea of ​​getting back on the field quickly thanks to a wildcard and gaining new security in your own games seemed to work very well.

But in the final, Zverev looked tired and made way too many mistakes. The support from girlfriend Sophia Thomalla in the stands did not help either. The match ended after only 69 minutes.





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In the first set, Zverev was able to quickly compensate for a loss of serve as the score was 2: 3. At 4: 5 he again gave up his service so Bublik could get the first round after 37 minutes. Also in the second set, Zverev found no means against the Kazakh, who consistently served well. Instead, the German number one cashed in another break to make it 2: 3, before even giving up his last service play and making it 3: 6 to zero.

“You just played incredibly well today and all week and you are the deserved winner,” Zverev told Bublik after the match. “I was still fine here,” said number three in the world, who triumphed in Montpellier in 2017.

It is still unclear what Zverev’s further plans will look like. He will probably not play again until the end of February at the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Zverev won there last year. In March, the two Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami are on the agenda.

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