German tennis star Alexander Zverev was happy to make the French Open semifinal but he underlined that his goal for the tournament is to win it all. Zverev, ranked at No. 6 in the world, handed a 6-4 6-1 6-1 loss to rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the French Open quarterfinal.
Zverev, who ended runner-up at last year's US Open, is now hoping to clinch his maiden Grand Slam title this week. Zverev will be fighting for a final spot against the winner of the match between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
"It's very nice being in the semi-final, but just being here doesn't satisfy me," said Zverev, in an on-court interview, per the ATP website. "I hope I can continue to play the same, maybe even better in the semi-finals."
Zverev routinely handled Davidovich Fokina
Davidovich Fokina made a nice start to the match, having broken Zverev in the opening game of the match. But Davidovich Fokina's lead was short-lived as he got broken back immediately in the second set.
Davidovich Fokina broke Zverev in the fifth game but again got broken back in the following game. Zverev then broke Davidovich Fokina in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead but failed to serve out for the opener in the following game.
However, Zverev kept his focus and claimed his fourth break of the set in the 10th game to take the opener. Zverev then claimed two breaks in the second set, three breaks in the third set -- all while not losing a serve to book a straight-set win.
"After the first set, my baseline game improved a lot and I started to dominate the points," said Zverev. "At the beginning, I don't think I played that well. [Davidovich Fokina] has improved a lot over the past 18 months and has climbed up the [FedEx ATP Rankings].
I think I will play him a lot in the future." It remains to be seen if Zverev can win his maiden Major title this week.