Alexander Zverev has experienced endless ups and downs at the start of the season. The German left the Australian Open in the round of 16 losing in three sets to Denis Shapovalov and then lost in the final to Alexander Bublik at the Open Sud De France.
In Acapulco, however, Zverev was unable to maintain control and during the doubles match with Marcelo Melo, he repeatedly hit the referee's high chair with his racket. Zverev's harsh reaction led to his disqualification from the Mexican singles tournament.
Zverev also fell short in Indian Wells and Miami, where he only won three matches. A semi-final win at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 looked like it could mark a turning point, but the German played one of the worst matches of his career against Holger Rune at the ATP 250 tournament in Munich last week.
"It was one of the worst losses of my career. I was completely out of phase. I'm going through a difficult time, that's the reality. Mentally I have to deal with difficult situations off the court. But I am happy to be here in Madrid and I will try to enjoy tennis.
Fortunately, sport always offers new opportunities for redemption and I hope I can forget the disappointment I suffered at the home tournament," Zverev said. The one from Hamburg also referred to the accusations of domestic violence made against him by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharipova in an interview with the Marca newspaper.
"It's hard to play tennis when so many things are happening around you. Roger Federer will make his comeback on the indoor courts of Basel in October. The Swiss legend has been out of action since Wimbledon last year when he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.
Federer has been out of action since Wimbledon 2021
Former World No. 18 Fabrice Santoro, who is now a consultant for beIN Sports and Prime Video, told French daily La Telegramme that Roger Federer was the opponent he admired the most during his long career.
"Roger Federer! For his elegance, his fair play, his way of making tennis easy when you watch it when it is not at all. He gives an impression of ease which is quite disconcerting." Santoro, who is now 49 years old, stated that Federer was a player who loved every aspect of the game.
"He's someone who loves everything about tennis, whether it's training, matches, pressure, or travelling. He's inhabited by the profession."