Alexander Zverev went hard to court with tears in his eyes. He described his performance at the tournament in Munich as “bottomless”. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the audience, I’m sorry for the tournament,” he began the press conference after his disappointing round of 16 against the Danish teenager Holger Rune on Wednesday. The German Olympic champion was without a chance in the clear 3: 6, 2: 6. He described the match as “the worst” in recent years.
The Hamburger alone was to blame for the tart setback on the way to his big destination number 1. “This is not the fault of my fitness trainer. It is not the fault of my physio. If you find an excuse now, you are not the tasty person in the world,” said Zverev. The Munich triple mission failed before it really started. Effectively, Zverev waved to the audience when he passed from the Center Court.
Zverev: “I was incredibly nervous today”
After a title-box start into the season, the Davis Cup player had traveled to the Bavarian capital with great ambitions. Instead of his third winning car, there was the next disappointment. “I was incredibly nervous before the match today. For the first time in Germany in front of an audience for the first time,” said Zverev. He still has around a month to find its shape until the French Open start.
In Munich, Zverev played unusually incorrect from the start and immediately gave up his first service game. “I played today without forgoing. I would have lost to everyone in the main field today,” said Zverev, baunt and baunted. Rune’s stop balls in particular caused significant problems for the 1.98 meter tall German. Zverev struggled loudly on the almost full Center Court in Munich and cursed towards his box.
Anyone who had hoped for a turn in set two of the many German fans on Aumeisterweg was quickly disappointed. A forehand online, a backhand in the end and a volley somewhere in the advertising gang – Zverev seemed completely unsettled and without ideas at one of his favorite tournaments. After a little more than 90 minutes, number 70 from Denmark used the second match ball. For Rune it was the first career victory against a top ten player. “I really did my best, even if you didn’t see it on the pitch,” said Zverev.
Altmaier also fails
Previously, Daniel Altmaier from Kempen had lost his round of 16. The 23-year-old lost to the Serbs Miomir Kecmanovic with 2: 6, 4: 6. Oscar Otte is the last German in the field of Munich’s traditional tournament. The top favorite for the title is now the Norwegian Casper Ruud.