Incredible derailment of a spectator at the US Open!
In the match between Alexander Zverev (26) and the Italian Jannik Sinner (22), a visitor shouted something to the Olympic champion in the fourth set when he wanted to serve.
The man from Hamburg went to the referee, pointed to the man and complained: “He said the worst Hitler sentence to me there is. That’s unacceptable.” At the next change of sides, the man was taken out of the stadium by security forces.
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From a sporting point of view, the 24,000 spectators in the world’s largest tennis stadium experienced a game that they will be talking about for a long time to come. Zverev, currently number 12 in the world, defeated the world number six 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 2, 4: 6, 6: 3 and is on Wednesday (local time) in the quarterfinals against the world number one Carlos Alcaraz ( 20).
Unbelievable climatic conditions, cramps, the unbelievable insult, the smell of burning and a “disturbing” DTB President, the match had EVERYTHING in it. Unfortunately, one thing that is never needed in life.
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Sinner took home the first win of the evening. It was received with much more applause. Where the New Yorker’s love for him comes from is unclear. Maybe they just like his fan club “Carota Boys”, clad in carrot costumes.
It came about because Sinner ate a carrot four years ago when changing sides and because of his red hair. The six guys create a good atmosphere and really carried away many other spectators.
However, the “carrots” didn’t have much fun at first, because Zverev dominated his opponent and won the first set 6: 4. But Sinner was the expected tough opponent. But one with health problems.
When the score was 3-0 in the second set, from his point of view, Sinner had his thigh treated. At the time, however, no one noticed that he was handicapped. Zverev, on the other hand, demanded new shoes because he was “in the soup” with the tropical temperatures on the pitch, which he knows from previous appearances in New York.
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He stuffed the old shoes with toilet paper to remove the moisture. But the new shoes didn’t do much at first, but the ailing Sinner won the second set 6:3.
But then he seemed to get bigger and bigger problems. Again and again, Sinner grabbed his thigh and was obviously difficult to move at times. Nevertheless, he kept up, conjuring up unbelievable shots. Ultimately, however, Zverev was too strong in the third round, which he finally won 6: 2.
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But now Zverev also began to weaken, seemed to no longer run smoothly, seemed dazed and kept grimacing. He still won the first game of the third set, which lasted a whopping 16 minutes, and cheered for the audience with a clenched fist.
The humidity at that time was 75 percent, both players walked on their gums. Zverev cooled his head with an ice pack when changing sides. You were already sweating just sitting around in the stands. How must the two feel on the court?
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Bitter: At 4: 4, Zverev had to give up his serve. Who wins the match was no longer a question of tennis, but who survived the hot New York night physically best. Sinner finally won the fourth set 6:4.
In the decisive fifth set, Zverev was quickly 2-0 up before another epic game made it 3-0. After he got it in the box after a sensational rally, the spectators were torn from their seats, Zverev cheered in the crowd and Sinner called the physio again.
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But he was able to continue and experienced a curiosity. Zverev complained to the referee that a spectator was not sitting opposite in the honorary stand, but was in his field of vision. It was DTB President Dietloff von Arnim (63) who sat down at lightning speed.
But that’s not all. In the meantime, the smell of fire was wafting through the arena. It was initially unclear where it came from. After 4:40 hours, Zverev converted his first match ball to 6: 3 at 1:39 a.m. local time after a gigantic fight. What a crazy night in New York!
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