Alexander Zverev recently defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a nail-biting encounter at the French Open 2020, winning in the fifth set. The final scoreline was 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, and 6-4. Even though he won the match, it was a big upset for the US Open 2020 runner-up. In a game that could have gone either way, both Zverev and Herbert managed to win equal points (164). In the post-match press conference, one could clearly watch a frustrated Zverev who, despite the win, was looking unhappy with himself.
“I think I have lost the most important five sets in my career so far, which is quite upsetting but it’s okay,” told an anxious Zverev in the press conference.
After losing the first set, Zverev did make a comeback but it was not as if was feeling comfortable throughout the match. The third set went in a tie-breaker and the German managed a narrow escape. But, on the good side, in the French Open so far, the 23-year-old has won on all 6 occasions when his match went in the 5th set. He certainly had a little bit of advantage this time too and managed to win the finish on the winning side.
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‘I was not the better player on the court’- Alexander Zverev
Asked about how was he so effective out in the 5 sets, a cheerful Zverev replied that he had always been physically fit.
“Honestly, I think I’m quite fit, to be honest. I feel like physically I’m okay. Sometimes, I feel like I just find a way like today,” said Zverev.
What fans felt good about the young and talented player was that he admitted his faults. He agreed that he definitely was not the best player that day on the court.
“Today, I was not the better player on the court. I was not hitting my forehand and backhand better. I was not doing anything better than he did. But I found the way which is the most important,” said the World No.7
Zverev certainly has to learn a lot. But he has got the perseverance. He will face the Italian player Marco Cecchinato in the third round of the French Open. Will the young prodigy be able to win his maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open 2020?