Alexander Zverev Australian Open

Alexander Zverev on shock Rotterdam loss: ‘I can’t win a set here, not even in practice’


Alexander Zverev said he can’t win a set in Rotterdam, even in practice, after his shock defeat to Alexander Bublik.

Zverev, the number three seed, was well fancied after a string of good performances in Australia, where his serving was looking particularly formidable.

However, he sank to a 7-5, 6-3 loss to world number 43 Bublik in just 77 minutes in his first match in the tournament.

He was able to hit just 13 winners – only one of those being an ace – and he said the defeat came as no surprise to him.

“I haven’t won a single practice set in the five days I’ve been here, and I’ve been practising twice a day,” Zverev said after the match.

“In the past I haven’t done well here, in the past I haven’t done well and to be honest if the conditions don’t change a little bit, I don’t think in the future I’ll do too well here either.

“I’m not as upset about the match as I usually would be in another tournament because I just don’t feel well here.”

This year was the fifth time Alexander Zverev has played Rotterdam, and he has won just three matches there during his career.

Alexander Zverev Australian Open
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