Juan Carlos Ferrero: 'It was the opposite of what I lived with Alexander Zverev'

Alexander Zverev clearly lost the fourth and fifth sets of the Roland Garros final

by Simone Brugnoli
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Juan Carlos Ferrero: 'It was the opposite of what I lived with Alexander Zverev'
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Alexander Zverev clearly lost the fourth and fifth sets of the Roland Garros final against Carlos Alcaraz. But during the fifth set there was a moment with a heated umpire discussion. At 2-1 Alcaraz with the Spaniard serving in a break point situation for Zverev - therefore a chance to get back to 2-2 - a second serve by the Spaniard called out by the lines judge - therefore a double fault - saw the chair umpire intervene who after having seen the mark on the clay called the ball good.

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev © Getty Images Sport - Dan Istitene
 

And he gave the first serve back to Alcaraz. That game at the end was won by the Spaniard who in this way moved to 3-1. Zverev could have lost anyway but in the meantime he would have gone 2-2. And the German player spoke about this in the press conference.

The television images of Hawk-eye confirmed that that ball was out by two millimeters. Of course, it must always be considered that the system also has a margin of error. In a long interview with Eurosport, Juan Carlos Ferrero opened up on Alexander Zverev.

Juan Carlos Ferrero opens up on Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev is certainly disappointed. Second Slam final and second defeat. Again in 5 sets, just like at the 2020 Us Open against Dominic Thiem. The German tennis player is very clear about what was the difference between him and Alcaraz.

"Yeah, it's amazing all the journey we've been through. It was a different goal that I maybe had with Alexander Zverev that I work a long time ago. With Carlos it was different because we started since the real beginning and I had the opportunity to create something from inside and as I told you he had the potential and he's showing it," Juan Carlos Ferrero said.

"It was a big decision to take. It was the opposite of what I lived with Zverev in the past. It wasn’t anymore a life of private jets and high standard hotels," he said.

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