Racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev into Australian Open second round, but he admits fatigue concern
Alexander Zverev overcame a shaky start to progress at the Australian Open, but not before he demolished a racquet in anger.
The world number seven, who reach the semi-finals in Melbourne last year, lost the first set against Marcos Giron, but he was able to rally and power himself to a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.
However, it didn’t always look that comfortable for him, and when he failed to serve out the first set, he took out his frustrations on his racquet.
🔥 NO MERCY 🔥
Zverev’s racquet has copped all of his anger in that one. 🤯
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) February 8, 2021
In his post-match comments, Alexander Zverev admitted that fatigue had played a part in his slow start after his marathon matches against Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Cup over the weekend.
“He played incredible. He had me on the ropes, particularly in the second set tie-break,” said Zverev afterwards.
“I was just happy to get through. Playing the first round of a Grand Slam is never easy. My body felt a little fatigued, I was a little tired.”
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