World No. 7 Alexander Zverev says it will take time for him and the rest of the players to get back into match rhythm as he expects to see some "weird results" in the following days. On Monday, fifth-seeded Zverev suffered a surprise defeat against former world No.
1 Andy Murray as the Briton won 6-3 3-6 7-5 their Cincinnati Masters second round clash. Zverev entered the match as the favorite and had it all in his hands but he double-faulted three times while serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set.
Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem got beaten pretty badly by Filip Krajinovic as the Serb demolished the Austrian 6-2 6-1. "Yeah, I mean, this is the thing I was working on for the past six months. During the match it was okay, but in important moments I think it went against," Zverev said, when asked about losing his first match back.
"But, you know, all in all, it was okay. I think it was not the best match I have ever played but, after six months off, it's not easy to come back. "And I have said this. I mean, I just watched Dominic Thiem lose to Krajinovic 6-2 6-1.
It's the first match back, and I think there is going to be some weird results."
But Zverev gives credit to Murray for his performance
"It’s pretty good,” Zverev said of Murray's level, per Tennishead.
“I was very surprised at how well he’s moving. He’s moving quite fine, quite normally. “It was a scratchy match. I think after six months off, it’s not easy. And he played a three-setter [in the first round], which I think helped him a little bit.
"Credit to him. He fought to the end and he deserves to win”. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, admitted he wasn't playing great either toward the end of the match. "I don't think either of us played particularly well when we were close to the finishing line, but (that was) maybe to be expected since we haven't played any matches for such a long period," Murray said, per the London Evening Standard.
"He didn't serve so well at the end, which obviously helped me but I fought hard and it is a good effort to win that after not playing for a while."