No. 1 seed Alexander Zverev admitted he relaxed a bit against rising South African star Lloyd Harris in Cologne and added that was unacceptable. Zverev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, was drawn into a three-setter by world No.
92 Harris but avoided an upset as he won 6-4 3-6 6-0. "I have got to do a better job of keeping my focus until the end of a match. I relaxed a little bit and then he picked up his game,” Zverev said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“Playing on the ATP Tour, you only play great players. Once you lose your focus, it doesn’t matter what your ranking is, it doesn’t matter how many titles you won, you have still got to play until the end otherwise it can go the other way very quickly”.
After beating Peter Gojowczyk and Marcos Giron in two qualifying matches, Harris beat Kyle Edmund and Steve Johnson to make the quarterfinal in Cologne. “[Harris] went through qualifying, so he had a lot of matches under his belt already,” Zverev noted.
“He is playing with a lot of confidence. He is playing well. He is somebody that I think will go up the Rankings quite easily if he continues playing the way he is playing. ”He improved his game a lot. The first time I saw him was against Mischa [Zverev] in Halle last year and I think he improved a lot since then.
The end of this year and next year will be very important for him”.
Zverev says all fine with coach David Ferrer
After a trial period with Ferrer, Zverev announced in early-August that he was satisfied with the Spaniard and that they would work until at least the end of the season.
In Cologne, where Zverev has made the semifinal, the German isn't accompanied by Ferrer. Zverev, the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion, will likely be joined by Ferrer at The O2 Arena. "With David its very relaxed. We phone every day and decide everything together.
He wont come to Cologne but will join me for a practice week after. He will be around at Bercy and ATP-Finals," Zverev explained to a reporter from dpa-Sport, as revealed by Jannik Schneider. "For Australia we have to see as we have to travel there in mid-December this time due to quarantine etc. thats obviously a long time and David has a family of course. We will talk and decide that later."