German stalwart Alexander Zverev has been playing outstanding tennis since the Tokyo Olympic Games. Nevertheless, the 24-old-from Hamburg was delighted after reaching the quarterfinal at the United States Open for the second consecutive time.
No.4 seed toppled one of the formidable opponents Jannik Sinner of Italy, in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 7-6) to confirm the last-eight spot at the US Open 2021. After a two-hour and 25-minute tight match, World No.4 extended his winning streak to 15 matches.
“I think it was a pretty high-level match, to be honest. I think the winner and unforced error ratio was not like the other matches, not as good as the other matches. Still, it was also very difficult because both of us are playing extremely fast,” Zverev said in the post-match interview in New York.
“All in all, I played one bad game in the third set, and that almost cost me a set, and that shows how high I think both players were playing.”
“I Feel Like The Hard Work May Start Coming Along”: Zverev on His Service
Speaking about his backhand point collections, German explained, “I think it’s built overtime to do it in the most important moments. I feel like there are players that have great backhands, have great forehands, but to hit that kind of balls in the important moments, I think that’s probably matches, that’s a lot of tournaments and all that.”
“But, yeah, I mean, I hit big shots in big moments, and that’s why I think the score was how it was.”
When asked about his service, Zverev emphasised, “In Tokyo, all of a sudden it clicked, because in Wimbledon, I had a very bad serving match against Felix. That was the reason I lost. Yeah, since Tokyo, it’s been a lot better, but it can still be a lot better, as well.”
“As I said as well, the service is the shot I spend the most time on. It’s the shot I practice the most as well. I am someone that needs that repetition, and I feel like the hard work may start coming along.”
Alexander Zverev will face South African Lloyd Harris for a semifinal place in Flushing Meadows.
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