Alexander Zverev insists he won’t have long to think about losing the Roland Garros semi-finals on Friday, but the German couldn’t hide his disappointment at getting off to a slow start against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Speaking after Tsitsipas reached his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory, Zverev admitted: “I’m not at a stadium anymore. where big games are something that I’m happy with. [means] nothing. I lost. I am not in the final. Was it a good game? Yes. But at the end of the day, I’m going to go home tomorrow. There is nothing positive about it.
“I don’t particularly care about [reaching the] semi-finals. [It] may seem bad in some way or [it] may sound arrogant. I’m not trying to be arrogant. I’m just saying how it is. I wouldn’t have cared about a final either, to be honest. I did not win the tournament. Wimbledon is two weeks away and I’m looking forward to it. “
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Sixth seed Zverev led 3-0 in the second set, but fifth seed Tsitsipas won the next seven games. A strong service performance helped his comeback and the world No.6 had Tsitsipas 0/40 in the opener of the fifth set.
“I started to play tennis well in the third set,” Zverev said. “Against someone like Stefanos, it might be too late. Today, if I broke it in the first game of the fifth set, maybe the outcome would be different. [But] I did not do it. I can’t fight in straight sets against a top player like Stefanos and expect to win every time.
Zverev, 24, who beat Rafael Nadal en route to the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Berrettini) title in May, fell to a 23-9 game-record this season after his sixth loss in eight ATP Head2Head encounters against Tsitsipas . He is currently in fourth place in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin and appears to be on track to qualify for the Nitto ATP Final, which will be held November 14-21.
“Today, during this tournament [and] the whole season on clay I felt like I was playing well, ”said Zverev. “I was playing well enough to go deep. But at the end of the day, come out of the game and play the first two sets like I did… yes you can win the game, but that makes it extremely difficult.
“I almost did it, but I [have] better start. When I go into these matches I [have] must be one hundred percent from the first point.
Zverev will then take part in the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle, which starts on Monday.