German tennis star Alexander Zverev, 24, is hoping to use the experiences he possesses to make a deep run at Wimbledon. Zverev, ranked at No. 6 in the world, survived a tricky Wimbledon third round clash against Taylor Fritz.
Zverev, a former world No. 3, beat Fritz 6-7 (3) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (4) to reach the Wimbledon round-of-16. “I think experience plays a big part [in the second week]. I think knowing how to manage your time, knowing how to manage your matches, is a big part of it.
It was something that I needed to learn in the beginning of my career. I hope I kind of changed my position on that a little bit. But of course, the main goal is still to win them," Zverev said, per the ATP website. Zverev admitted he didn't deliver his best tennis but he was happy that he managed to beat Fritz.
“Today was probably not the best match I have played so far in this tournament just feeling-wise, how comfortable I was. But I found a way to win. That's the most important thing. I thought his tactic was very clear. I thought he had a very clear game plan, and he was following that.
At the end of the day, he made it very difficult for me," Zverev said.
Zverev plays Felix Auger-Aliassime next
After Auger-Aliassime tied the match at one set apiece, Nick Kyrgios retired the match due to an abdominal injury.
“I’m sorry for Nick, he was playing so well in the first set,” Auger-Aliassime said in an on-court interview. "It’s really unfortunate, in front of a packed crowd. We both love playing here and there were some big expectations for this match.
We were hoping to put on a good show and entertain the crowd, so it’s unfortunate that he had to retire. I hope it’s nothing too serious and that we’ll see him back during the US swing”.