“Hope I Change My Stance”: Alexander Zverev Answers Critics After 3R Victory at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/04/2021, 3:39 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates winning his first round match against Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker


Alexander Zverev lived up to his number four seeding, bagging a comfortable victory against Taylor Fritz. The German had to fight for his third-round win against the American who did not go down without a fight. Zverev won 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in a game that lasted 2 hours and 38 minutes.

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Zverev will now face 20-year-old wonder boy Felix Auger Aliassime in the round of 16 on Sunday. The latter made it to the round of 16 courtesy to Nick Kyrgios’ retirement in their third-round game.

Alexander Zverev vs Taylor Fritz: Talking points of the match

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The third-round clash between Zverev and Fritz was a one-sided game, as per fans and pundits. With a great adrenaline rush driving him, the latter threw a couple of challenges at the World No.6. The American was abusing and screaming in anger at the mistakes he made, showing his passion for the game.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MARCH 17: Taylor Fritz of the USA is dejected during the round of 16 match between Taylor Fritz of the USA and Andrey Rublev of Russia during Day Eleven of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on March 17, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Owing to some unpredictable shots by Fritz, Zverev lost the first game 6-7. The American did come up with his best game on the most important game against the number four seed. However, Zverev showed justified his ranking by winning the next two games with ease, 6-4, 6-3. The fourth set was a tight rope to walk on, as both players fought hard for the points.

A series of strong cross court forehand drives and powerful aces made sure that the German snatched the win. Taylor went neck-to-neck with Zverev in the tiebreaker of the fourth set. However, the former’s unforced errors cost him the game towards the end.

Experience plays a big role: Zverev

Alexander Zverev was the semifinalist at Australian Open in 2020, finalist at US Open 2020, and semifinalist at French Open 2021. His experience of handling pressure situations did not let him give up in the third round of the Wimbledon Championships.

After dropping the first set, Zverev found his rhythm to get back into the game and win the next two sets with ease.

With 45 winning shots, courtesy of his strong and smooth forehand, Zverev made only 25 unforced errors in his 2 hour-38 minute battle.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his first round match against Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor REUTERS/Paul Childs

I think experience plays a big role.  I think knowing how to manage your time, knowing how to manage your games, is an important part.  It is something that I had to learn at the start of my career. .  I remember when a lot of people criticized me for this guy who played extremely well in big tournaments, but never in Grand Slams.  I hope I changed my stance a bit on that.

“But of course, the goal the main thing is always to win them.  Today was probably not the best game I’ve played so far, but I found a way to win. That’s the most important,” said Zverev in his post match interview.

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Zverev will be looking for his maiden Grand Slam title this year, and his form seems to be agreeing with him. He will have to maintain his form and focus for the next four games, in order to get his hands on the prestigious Wimbledon trophy. His next test will be on Sunday against Felix Auger Aliassime.

Can Alexander Zverev beat the odds and win his first Grand Slam title?

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