Alexander Zverev was defeated by Jannik Sinner in the fourth round 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6 at the French Open. Both had been playing well in their competitions with Zverev winning a 5-setter from Pierre-Hugues Herbert. He would then win over Italy's Marco Cecchinato in straight sets.
Zverev had gotten through to the final of the last grand slam, the U.S. Open only to lose to Dominic Thiem in 5 sets. He had no clay court warm up tournaments so considering his performance at Roland Garros it went well. But the German professes that he felt sick even playing Cecchinato.
He mentioned at a post conference afterwards that he had hoped to have a straight set win over Sinner, but that didn't happen. "What can I say? I'm completely sick...I'm not in the best physical state...I think that had a little bit of an effect on the match today," Zverev confessed.
Players including Zverev are tested every five days for the virus.
The German was up-to-date and the latest test he proved negative on Tuesday, September 29th. It doesn't have to be said that players have to be transparent if and when they feel ill, despite test results.
This didn't happen here and the responsibility falls on the player -- Zverev to have mentioned his health to the tournament doctors before going on court. This puts many at risk but the outcome for Sinner and his excellent play is still the same -- a good game that produced a victory and climb to the quarterfinals of his first grand slam to play Rafael Nadal.
The Italian teen had the goods on Zverev despite the German's ill health and played it cool and smart against a player who's captured 11 singles titles. Sinner's blasting forehands and the ability to mix up his shots was a big factor in the teen's victory.
He plays fearless which makes Sinner a highly competitive player on the cusp of moving up the ATP ladder even further with a bag of strategic tricks on his racket. When asked about being close distance to Zverev, the Italian teen responded: "It's like we always had the distance.
I don't think that I will have a fever in the next days..." Jannik Sinner has everything to win. He moves on to prove his talents against Nadal and to sharpen his skills and experience. Zverev was due to take another test Sunday, October 4th but the tournament is over for the German whose integrity may be at risk for not being truthful when it absolutely counted.