Germany’s quarter-final against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on Thursday lasted well past midnight, while the semi-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas the following day didn’t finish until well past 01:00 local time.
He didn’t like that considering the final against Carlos Alcaraz that day. Zverev was eventually played off the court and lost in straight sets 3-6, 1-6.
– This week’s ATP work is a disgrace. Two days ago I slept at 4 and yesterday I slept at 5.20. “Anyone who sleeps that late will have a hard time staying awake at all,” Zverev said at his post-match press conference.
However, he wouldn’t blame all the recent losses on lack of sleep. Alcaraz has made progress on the tennis court recently and has now won two Masters 1000 tournaments in just over a month.
– I probably won’t beat it even if I sleep better, but it will definitely be a better fight. I’m a human, not a robot, he said.
Zverev is still number three in the ATP rankings. The next elite tennis tournament is the Masters tournament in Rome this week. Zverev had a walkover in the first half and will meet Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands or Sebastian Baez of Argentina in the 2nd round.
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