Alexander Zverev: I was completely sick, I should not have played

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Alexander Zverev: I was completely sick, I should not have played

World No. 7 Alexander Zverev said he was "completely sick" after his French Open round-of-16 defeat and added he "should not have played" against Jannik Sinner. Zverev, seeded at No. 6, suffered a four-set loss against rising Italian star Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3 and failed once again to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.

Zverev recovered from a set down in the third set and won the set to reduce the deficit to 2-1 but failed to stage a comeback as Sinner kept his focus and won the fourth set to claim the win. "I warmed up today. I shouldn't have played.

But I was hoping maybe for a 3-set win or something like that, but I knew from the beginning that it wasn't going to be easy," Zverev said, per Ravi Ubha. Zverev underlined he simply "completely sick" after the match.

"No, it was nothing wrong but I'm completely sick after the match with Cecchinato in the night. Yeah, what can I say? I'm completely sick. I can't really breathe, as you can hear by my voice. I had fever, you know, as well," Zverev said.

"Yeah, I'm not in the best physical state, I would say. I think that had a little bit of an effect on the match today."

Still, Sinner said said it wasn't easy against Zverev

Sinner came into the match expecting a tough match and after he won, he was happy with the way he performed.

"It has been tough. We have practised sometimes in Monaco, so we know [each other] quite well,” Sinner said after beating Zverev, per the ATP website. “Today was very tough, knowing that it was going to be a long match.

At the end, I am very happy about my performance”. In the fourth set, Sinner broke Zverev in the second game for a 2-0 lead and then saved a break point in the following game. "It is best-of-five sets. It is a little bit different if you lose one set,” Sinner said.

“[I was] just trying to keep going [after the third set], I knew that I was playing quite well. Even in the third set, I made a little comeback... I tried to be focused in the first service game in the fourth set which I did and then it went quite well”. Sinner plays next against record 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.