Alexander Zverev is still not gaining momentum after his injury.
In Rotterdam he loses in the round of 16 – and again misses two wins in a row.
Alexander Zverev suffered the next setback on his way to old strength. At the ATP tournament in Rotterdam, Germany’s best tennis pro lost on Wednesday evening against the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6: 4, 3: 6, 4: 6 and was eliminated in the round of 16. Zverev (25) has only won a total of two matches on the ATP tour this year.
A day after his solid success against South Korean Kwon Soon Woo, Zverev initially put in a decent performance again and won the first set after 42 minutes. At the beginning of the second section, the Olympic champion then allowed himself a small phase of weakness and promptly conceded a break.
In addition, Zverev struggled with neck problems from the middle of the second set and had to be treated. Local hero Griekspoor equalized the set after 1:18 hours.
In the third set, Zverev was unable to use three break chances when the score was 2: 1. Instead, he gave up his service a little later with a double fault and had to admit defeat against the hard serving Griekspoor after 2:02 hours.
The day before, Zverev made it clear that the most important thing at the moment is to be on the pitch at all.
“Every win is important to me at the moment. It’s about playing matches. Any win against a good player is good for my confidence. Unfortunately, there is still a difference between my performance in training and in the game. But that will come with time,” said the native of Hamburg, who had to pause for months due to a serious foot injury.
For Zverev, the tournament in Doha will continue next week.