“The work of the ATP this week was an absolute shame,” said Zverev on Sunday after his clear 3: 6, 1: 6 against the Spanish young star Carlos Alcaraz. “Two days ago I came to bed around 4:00 a.m., 4.30 a.m., yesterday I went to bed at 5:20,” said Zverev.
“If a normal person goes to bed one night at 4:00 a.m. and the next night at 5:00 a.m., it will be difficult for them to get up at all,” said German number 1. And for him the next day, a final at a Masters 1000 tournament was on the program, “against Carlos Alcaraz, who is the best player in the world at the moment,” said Zverev.
no coordination for surcharge and basic blows
Alcaraz had hit Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Madrid one after the other and then Zverev’s final. “I don’t want to reduce Carlos’s performance at all. Even if I had been fit, I wouldn’t have had a chance against him today,” said the German number 1. “But it was difficult for me today. I had no coordination on my serve, no coordination in my basic strokes,” said Zverev, who won the tournament in Caja Magica last year.
With the move into the final, however, Zverev showed that his shape curve pointed up two weeks before the French Open in Paris. From Madrid, the 25-year-old is now going to Rome, where the next clay court event of the Masters 1000 category is due this week. In the first round, Zverev has a free -wing. In addition to the new coach Sergi Bruguera, Zverev’s father will also be there again in Rome. Alcaraz does not start due to slight ankle problems.