Alexander Zverev: 'I didn't eat for 24 hours, I was tired'

The world no. 3 explains loss to Ernests Gulbis

by Luigi Gatto
Alexander Zverev: 'I didn't eat for 24 hours, I was tired'

Alexander Zverev suffered a third-round exit at Wimbledon, losing to the Latvian Ernests Gulbis. It was Zverev's second consecutive five-set match after his win over Taylor Fritz. 'I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours,' the world no.

3 said. 'That probably had something to do with it. I showed in Paris and other matches that I don’t really get tired in five-set matches. Today I definitely did. It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set.

There was no going back there for me. This is sports. You can’t really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I’m going to get out with a win. I thought that honestly. I started actually off well.

I had breakpoints in the beginning of the fourth. But things happen. It’s not a secret in our sport. Unfortunately that’s it for me for this year. But I’ll be back. I’ll do the best I can to prepare myself for the hard courts now,' added Zverev, who will play Washington in late July next.

Gulbis felt that he could win the match: 'I saw that he was getting tired in the fifth set. I was feeling physically really, really good. I started to play smarter. I tried to move him more. I think that he’s a future Grand Slam winner.

I mean, the way he plays. He will find his way. Of course, today I found a way better than he did. Probably the experience kicked in. Probably the fitness level kicked in. He’s going to find his way. Everybody does. ‘He has a good team around him, people who know how to work, who know what to give him, these extra things.

I think that he’s going to be able to do it.’ ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'The end is closer than ever'

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