Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger out

first_imgFourth seed Alexander Zverev suffered a monumental meltdown at the Australian Open on Monday as she smashed his racquet onto the ground eight times during his straight-set loss to lower-ranked Milos Raonic in the men’s singles fourth round.Zverev, it seemed, was switched off in the first two sets as he was handed a 6-1, 6-1, 6-7 thrashing by the big-serving Canadian at the Rod Laver Arena. Zverev tried to focus and get back into the game after the second set but Raonic made sure there was no late fightback from the German by winning the third-set tiebreaker.Zverev let his frustrations out during the second set after Raonic held his serve and immediately broke to make it 4-1. The 21-year-old took his seat at the courtside chair before smashing his racquet and flinging it out of his sight.Zverev was warned for racquet abuse after the display and, after dropping the set two games later, he left the court and went to the locker room.”Yeah, it made me feel better. I was very angry, so I let my anger out,” Zverev told the media in Melbourne.Zverev was not able to hold his serve throughout the first set and did so just once in the second. This is also the 14th out of 15 times the young German has failed to reach the quarter-final at Grand Slams.A lot was expected of Zverev as he broke the big tournament drought to win the ATP Finals, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, enroute to the top step of the podium.advertisementShowcasing his disappointment, Zverev added: “I mean, I played bad. The first two sets especially I played horrible.”Yeah, I mean, it’s just tough to name one thing (I did well). I didn’t serve well, didn’t play well from the baseline. Against a quality player like him [Raonic], it’s tough to come back from that.”While Zverev has extra time to prepare for the Sunshine tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, Raonic will face the winner of the ongoing fourth-round match between Borna Coric and Lucas Pouille in the quarter-final on Wednesday.Also Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe at Australian OpenAlso Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso See:last_img

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