Mark Petchey: Alexander Zverev's serve issues are technical, not mental

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Mark Petchey: Alexander Zverev's serve issues are technical, not mental

Former tennis player Mark Petchey believes Alexander Zverev's service issues are technical and not mental as some believe. Zverev has a history of struggling with his service in key moments and that also the case on Friday at the Indian Wells Masters.

Zverev, seeded at No. 3, suffered a shock loss to Taylor Fritz as the American recovered from a set down to beat the German 4-6 6-3 7-6 (3) and reach the Indian Wells semifinal. Zverev blew two match points against Fritz and one he served a double fault.

"As much as people think Zverev serve issues are mental I don’t believe they are. The racquet comes from so far from the right that it ends up promoting the ‘waiter’ position before the throw at the ball.

The racquet travelling on this diagonal doesn’t help him at all," Petchey explained in a Twitter post.

Zverev 'hurt' about the loss

Earlier in the day, No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In the round-of-16, top-seeded Daniil Medvedev picked up a surprise defeat to Grigor Dimitrov. After the exits of Tsitsipas and Medvedev, Zverev felt he was the favorite to win the title. Had Zverev beaten Fritz, he would have clashed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semifinal.

“Today was just not really my day, to be honest. I was close to winning, but the level of tennis was just not quite there for me,” Zverev told reporters, per Tennishead. “Today mentally is not easy for me.

My next tournament is (in) Vienna. Hoping I can deal with it well there, but right now I just want to go home. “It was a very long season. I have played well. But this one hurts because I knew that after Stefanos lost this morning, I was kind of the favourite to win this tournament, but my tennis wasn’t there yet”.