“I’m Difficult to Beat”: Alexander Zverev Fires Warning to Rivals Ahead of French Open 2021 Quarterfinals

Published 06/07/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his fourth round match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


World No.6 Alexander Zverev secured his place in the quarters of the French Open 2021 by defeating Kei Nishikori. The German dominated the match and thrashed the Japanese player in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

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Zverev will now face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarters of the French Open 2021. The Spaniard is in some superb form at the moment, having battled past Casper Ruud in a five-set marathon in the third round.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021. Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his first-round match against Germany’s Oscar Otte REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

In the post-match interview, Zverev admitted that Fokina has played some really great tennis at Roland Garros 2021. Thus, he stated that he’ll need to give his best in the quarters in order to win against him.

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“Of course he’s had some fantastic matches, I think today [in the round of 16 against Delbonis] was a fantastic match from his side. I have to come out here and I have to play my best and give myself the best chance to win,” said Zverev.

Even though Fokina is a World No.46 player, Zverev is not at all taking him lightly. As a result, he highlighted that he would have to be on his toes to beat the 22-year-old.

“Have to focus on myself”- Alexander Zverev

In the same interview, Zverev emphasized that he’ll have to focus on himself and his game before facing Fokina. However, he also seemed highly confident and said that if he gives his best, it’ll be very difficult for the Spaniard to beat him.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021. Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his fourth-round match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“I have to focus on myself. I feel like if I play my best tennis I’m difficult to beat,” added the German player.

After winning the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, Zverev is definitely enjoying some incredible form on clay. He has got a comparatively easier match in the quarter-final and will look forward to entering the semis without much difficulty.

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Because of his current run, fans have huge expectations from Alexander Zverev. Will he be able to stop Rafael Nadal’s reign and win his maiden Grand Slam title in Paris this year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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