Wednesday 19 June 2019

'Smashing racket made me feel better,' says Zverev after loss

Alexander Zverev. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Alexander Zverev. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Alexander Zverev suffered his latest Grand Slam disappointment with a bad-tempered 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) loss to Milos Raonic in the Australian Open.

"I played bad," said Zverev. "The first two sets especially I played horrible."

There was no doubt about Zverev's commitment to smashing his racket, eventually flinging the mangled mess of metal and string dismissively to the court.

"It made me feel better," he said. "I was very angry, so I let my anger out."

In the last eight, Raonic, will now take on France's Lucas Pouille.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic admitted he was struggling physically after surviving a gruelling examination from Daniil Medvedev to reach the quarter-finals.

The six-time champion has now reached the last eight at least 10 times at all four Grand Slams thanks to a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 ,victory over his 22-year-old opponent lasting three hours and 15 minutes.

"I didn't feel so great in the last 20 minutes of the match or so."

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