Alexander Zverev Suffers Major Setback Ahead of US Open 2021 Round-4 Match Against Jannik Sinner

Published 09/06/2021, 11:18 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Germany’s Alexander Zverev looks dejected after his quarter final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


The US Open 2021 is reaching its climax sooner than ever. The Olympic champion Alexander Zverev has been performing exceedingly well, continuing his rich vein of form. After winning at Tokyo and Cincinnati, he reached the fourth round at New York. He was due to face Jannik Sinner in a top quality clash. However, the German has faced a major setback ahead of his match-up.

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Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) waits for Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE not pictured) to come back to the court after the first set of their semifinal match against during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Zverev and Sinner are first up on Arthur Ashe stadium on Monday. It is a highly anticipated Round of 16 encounter between two young guns. Both of them came through battling victories en route to this match. But it has now been reported that the defending US Open finalist may have some complications just before the match. He has suffered a big blow, putting his chances at risk.

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Alexander Zverev faces injury threat before US Open Round-4

Preparing for his match, Zverev was out practicing during the day. He was hitting balls fluently, and was all set to take center stage. However, it has been reported that the German has suffered an injury scare ahead of his clash vs Sinner. As reported by Nick McCarvel, the 24-year-old stopped practice mid-way to call his physio out.

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As he sat on the sidelines, his physio stretched out his left side and was massaging his back. Zverev was evidently in discomfort, and this may come into play against the Italian. There is no further injury update at the moment, but it will be crucial to see if the strain takes a toll on the German tonight. With less than few hours to go, he will be hoping that it is nothing too serious.

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Can Alexander Zverev come through the pain and march to victory? If the injury is serious, it will surely dent his chances against Sinner. We will have to wait and watch.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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