World No. 4 Alexander Zverev insisted John Isner is one of the toughest opponents a player could face in the Laver Cup format. Zverev, who represents Team Europe, handed a 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 10-5 loss to Isner on the second day of the Laver Cup.
"I think in this format playing against John... he is probably one of the toughest opponents that can be. He is the best server of all time, he was hitting the ball extremely hard, extremely well today. To be honest, I played a pretty good match.
Even the second set that I lost I don't think that I did many things wrong. That just shows that the match was very high level and I'm obviously very happy to give Europe the lead now," Zverev said.
Zverev received advice from his team but also from Roger Federer
"My entire team was telling me to step back on the return, then Roger is behind me telling me to step into the return so I was confused.
In the end I didn't know who to listen to, do I listen to eight people on the bench or do i listen to 20 Grand Slams over there. Now when I won nobody will care about it, nobody will talk about it anymore. That's the most important thing," Zverev added.
As not a single break point was seen in the first set, the set had to resolved in a tie-break. In the tie-break, Zverev realized his first set point to win a tight opener. Both players saved three break points in the second set as the second set also had to be resolved in a tie-break.
This time, Isner stepped up in the tie-break and converted his second set point to force a decider. However, losing a tight second set didn't affect Zverev, who dominated the match tie-break to book a three-set win and prevent Isner from claiming a comeback win.