Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou praised Alexander Zverev for the way he bounced back in Montpellier. Zverev, ranked at No. 3 in the world, was one of top favorites for the Australian Open title but he suffered a straight-set loss to Denis Shapovalov in the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park.
Zverev was extremely frustrated with his performance, saying he can't be No. 1 playing like that. Zverev accepted a wildcard into ATP event in Montpellier, where he made the final before losing to Alexander Bublik. Zverev made the Montpellier final without a dropped set.
"Champions always bounce back. @AlexZverev sends a good message this week," Mouratoglou tweeted after Zverev's semifinal win over Mikael Ymer in Montpellier.
Champions always bounce back. @AlexZverev sends a good message this week.
— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) February 5, 2022
Zverev on what went wrong at the Australian Open
"There was too much pressure in Australia, too much talking on the potential of being N.1. It was in my head and I didn’t handle it well," Zverev said, per Tennis Majors.
"It’s how it is. That’s why I’m here in Montpellier, I want to play, be on the court, do better. It’s a learning process. I was in the situation for the first time. Next time, maybe I won’t be on my phone that much.
"This time my parents were not with me in Australia, my girlfriend was not with me, so I was with my phone a lot. Next time, if they’re with me I can maybe shut it down, to be free from the outside world. "That’s what I did very well in the Olympics after the semi-final, as I was the favourite to win the final.
I’ll try to do that in a way. I need to learn from it. I’m not a young player anymore. "I won at every level. A Grand Slam is the only goal missing. But you have a lot players there who gave the same goal. It won’t be easy. I’m working every day for that goal..."