German tennis star Alexander Zverev was straight honest wheh asked what he thinks of his Australian Open round-of-16 performance against Canadian Milos Raonic. No. 16 seed Raonic beat the fourth-seeded German easier than expected 6-1 6-1 7-6 (5).
The Canadian got broken in the opening game of the match but then stormed back by winning eight games in a row to take a 6-1 2-0 lead. The German stopped Raonic's run in the third game of the second set but the Canadian then once again went on a run as he won five games in a row.
Raonic failed to convert any of his two match points in the 10th game of the third but still got the job done in the tie-break. "I mean, I played bad. The first two sets especially I played horrible. Yeah, I mean, it's just tough to name on one thing.
I didn't serve well, didn't play well from the baseline. Against a quality player like him, it's tough to come back from that," Zverev said post-match. Zverev hoped to open his 2019 campaign with a maiden Grand Slam title after finishing the last season by conquering the Nitto ATP Finals.
"Yeah, a little bit. For sure, I didn't have a very long off-season, didn't have a lot of rest. But, you know, this is us as tennis players. I'm happy how the season ended. I'm not going to – I wouldn't want it the other way," Zverev admitted, when asked if there's any sort of hangover from that.
Zverev insists a disappointing loss doesn't mean the end of the world. "Right now I'm not happy, but I'm not depressed, either (smiling). It's fine. It's a tennis match. I have learned to take tennis matches as tennis matches and not the end of the world.
If I would think it's the end of the world every time I lose a tennis match, I would be very depressed about 15 to 20 times a year. So I'm not going to do that," Zverev added. Also read: Grigor Dimitrov reflects on disappointing Australian Open round-of-16 loss