'I can not think about Rafael Nadal match,' says Alexander Zverev



by JOVICA ILIC

'I can not think about Rafael Nadal match,' says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev reached the semi-final in Dubai, playing his best tournament since that terrible injury at the last year's Roland Garros. Alexander was happy with his campaign, winning three matches in the desert and hoping for more good results at the upcoming events. Asked about the Roland Garros semi-final against Rafael Nadal, Zverev said he could not think about that match all the time and get back to what happened almost a year ago.

Instead, the German is ready for the upcoming challenges in Indian Wells and Miami. Alexander was on the course toward the ATP throne last year, playing well since the second part of 2021 and earning a chance to become world no.

1 at some point in 2022.

Alexander Zverev is back on track after a nasty ankle injury.

Zverev defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the Roland Garros quarter-final and set the ultimate semi-final clash against 13-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Alexander pushed Rafa to the limits like no one before in Paris, trailing 7-6, 6-6 after over three rounds and feeling ready to fight until the end. However, the German injured his right ankle in the second set's 12th game last point, retiring in tears and ruining his season.

Zverev missed the rest of the year and made a slow start in 2023 before showing signs of improvements in Dubai this week. He won three matches before falling to Andrey Rublev in the semi-final after having his chances in the second set.

"I played great tennis in the second part of 2021, losing three or four matches. That was a special time for me. At the last year's Roland Garros, I entered the matches against Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal thinking I could win the title.

I did not, and I ended up breaking everything I could in my ankle. It was a challenging period, but things are looking better now, and I'm playing decent tennis. I accepted my injury because it came at Roland Garros while chasing my dreams against one of the world's best players and doing what I love.

It would have been tougher to deal with it had it come at skateboarding or snowboarding. I wish it would have never happened, but it was the way it was. I had to move on and do everything to play injury-free again. We are in Dubai, and I can not discuss what happened against Rafael Nadal last June," Alexander Zverev said.

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