Zverev exits Japan Open after ‘horrible’ first spherical


Quantity three seed Alexander Zverev stated he “performed horrible” after crashing out within the first spherical of the Japan Open on Monday, shedding to world quantity 60 Jordan Thompson.

Germany’s Zverev, ranked ninth on the planet, misplaced 6-3, 6-4 in Tokyo, one week after falling on the first hurdle on the Shanghai Masters.

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Zverev, who gained the Chengdu Open in China final month, stated there was “nothing that I did nicely” after having his serve damaged thrice by Thompson.

“In the present day, I performed horrible,” stated Zverev.

“He performed fairly good, he served fairly good but it surely’s only a very, very dangerous match for me. I don’t know what to say.”

Zverev had stated that sickness contributed to his loss to Roman Safiullin in Shanghai, however Thompson had “made it difficult” for him.

The Australian misplaced in straight units to Novak Djokovic at this yr’s Wimbledon however didn’t again down in opposition to Zverev.

“I haven’t accomplished wherever close to as a lot as he has however after I get on the court docket with these guys, I’ve acquired to imagine that I can beat them,” stated the 29-year-old.

“Should you don’t imagine it, you could as nicely not be out right here, so I’m simply actually having fun with the problem.”

Zverev was returning to Japan for the primary time since profitable Olympic gold two years in the past on the Tokyo Video games, which have been held behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He stated it was “good to play in entrance of spectators however I solely performed one match”.

“I misplaced as we speak so the sensation usually is just not very nice proper now,” he stated.



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