Zverev crowned Alcaraz: "He's a beast, he's an animal"

The German tennis player analyzed the defeat in the Roland Garros final against the Spaniard

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Zverev crowned Alcaraz: "He's a beast, he's an animal"
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Alexander Zverev must be proud of his Roland Garros. Indeed, he must be happy of having played the last four weeks in a psycho-physical state bordering on perfection, if we consider the victory in Rome. The defeat at the Parisian Major in the final against Carlos Alcaraz is obviously painful, but the German must look at it as a starting point. A point that sees him among the best in the Tour on clay-courts. And not only. Second Slam final and second defeat. Also this time in 5 sets, exactly like at the 2020 US Open against Dominic Thiem. The German tennis player analyzed the defeat against Alcaraz in the press conference, praising the young Spaniard.

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev © Getty Images Sport - Dan Istitene

"I feel like, tennis-wise I was great for three sets. Then I went down a lot. We are both physically strong, but Alcaraz is a beast. He is an animal. The intensity with which he plays tennis is different than others. He can do many different things. I think he has changed his tactics on the court a lot. In the fifth set, he started playing much higher, deeper. Everything became slower, especially with the shadows on the court. He is a fantastic player, even physically. I have to see with my team what I can do to be at the same level

I had other break opportunities but it didn't go well for me. That's how it went, he played incredible, better than me in the fourth and fifth sets, but I feel that in this final I did everything I could. US Open 2020 I didn't have this feeling. The key moment of the match was at the beginning of the fourth set. There I lost concentration, I had no strength in my legs for the serve, something strange. Normally I don't get tired, I don't have cramps, usually. Again, Carlos has a different intensity, so maybe that's the case. I might have to look at my preparation, how I do things physically," he explained.

Alexander Zverev and Renaud Lichenstein
Alexander Zverev and Renaud Lichenstein © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

"The intensity with which Carlos plays tennis is different than the others. I feel I did well. There were very unlucky moments in the fifth set. His serve at 2-1 was not good, I saw it from Hawkeye . If I had broken there...," said Zverev, referring to Alcaraz's service, contested in the fifth set, but judged good by the chair umpire.

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