Alexander Zverev: 'I talked to Federer after my loss. It helped me'

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Alexander Zverev: 'I talked to Federer after my loss. It helped me'

Alexander Zverev's campaign in Melbourne ended earlier than expected. The world no. 4 lost to Hyeon Chung in five sets, 5-7, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, to Hyeon Chung. Zverev was leading two sets to one, then the match changed its course. 'I think we both played very good for four sets. I think the match was very high level. I don't think it was bad at all. Even in the fourth set, you know, after I lost my serve, I think I still played well. I still had chances to break him back. Then in the fifth set, I mean, went so fast that I didn't really have time to realize what was happening.'

Speaking about the bizarre fifth set, Zverev said, 'Definitely not physical, so I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in Grand Slam. It happened at Wimbledon. It happened in New York. It happened here. I'm still young, so I got time. I definitely have some figuring out to do for myself.'

Asked if he thinks it's something that has something to do with the slams, Zverev replied: 'Yes, because at the other tournaments my three-set record is pretty decent over the last few years.'

In 2017, Zverev had played a five-setter in the third round against Rafael Nadal. Asked how he would compare the two matches, Zverev said, 'Similar. You know, obviously in this one I was the favorite. In the one with Nadal, I wasn't. But, you know, game-wise this was not a bad match. He's 50-whatever in the world. But this was a top-10 level match from the start till the end of the fourth set, and for him until the end. You know, rankings sometimes lie. The way he was playing, it was definitely not whatever he is ranked.'

Zverev also praised Chung's mental strength: 'He's one of the toughest guys, full stop. I think when he plays well, he's really good. I mean, I don't want to put a number where he can be. But when he plays like that, there is very, very few people who will beat him.'

Zverev, who will stay in Melbourne to play the Davis Cup tie against Australia in early February, also revealed: 'I talked to Roger (Federer) in the locker room just after my loss. It helped me.'

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