Alexander Zverev: 'Tsitsipas having good clay season was the best thing'

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Alexander Zverev: 'Tsitsipas having good clay season was the best thing'

Alexander Zverev defeated Fabio Fognini in four sets, 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6, to reach the French Open quarter-finals. In a press conference, the German player said: "It was a good match. I didn't start well and he did. He played very aggressively, hitting the ball very hard, which made it difficult.

But then after the first set, I mean, I played three very good sets. Very solid from my part. And, you know, happy to be in the quarterfinals now." Zverev believes that not being too much in the spotlight helped him: "For me, the best thing that could have happened for me is how good Tsitsipas' clay court season was.

That was the best thing that could have happened to me, to be honest. I actually do believe that. I'm happy for him. You know, he played a great match yesterday. Unfortunately, not going his way. But, you know, both of them, Stan and him played unbelievably well.

So he can be proud of something, as well. But, yeah, as I said, he was kind of the new superstar all of a sudden. And for me, it was actually quite a nice thing that not all of the attention of the kind of NextGen thing is only going towards my way."

"The Monte Carlo match was a totally different one than this, here you play at the best of five sets and there is a big difference. I had some chances and I should have taken them. But you have to congratulate my opponent, he was hitting strong serves and I was struggling on the return.

After those four break points on the second set, he improved. Now I come back home and I take a rest, then I will go to London a week before but I will not play any tournament prior to Wimbledon. You know I do not love the grass."