Alexander Zverev explained the reasons behind his first round loss to Taylor Fritz in Basel. The German player said: "I was doing bad with my stomach, I did nothing for two or three days, that's probably the reason why, but I feel fine now, ready to keep going, I am seventh on the Race so everything is in my hands.
If I play the way I did in Shanghai and in China in general, I have good chances. At the end of the day I do not have to hope guys to lose but I just need to win myself. I am happy to be in this position because it gives me the opportunity to focus on myself and my game.
If I do well here, I have a big possibility." On his win over Roger Federer in the Shanghai quarter-finals, Zverev, who lost to Daniil Medvedev in the final, said: "I had a lot of tough matches where I had match points and I lost this year.
So it was nice to know that even though I lost the second set and I had five match points I still had the chance to win the match and still be able to win in three sets against a player like that." Zverev split with his agent Patricio Apey this year and reunited with his girlfriend Olga: "I learned a lot this year on a perspective of generally being alive sometimes.
This year I just had to deal with everything, solved problems which I never had before so it was different but I am happy to kind of go through this experience because you can be better afterwards."