“Strange Pain in My Thigh”: Alexander Zverev Raises Injury Concern Before ATP Finals 2020

Published 11/08/2020, 2:05 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2020 Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his semi final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Alexander Zverev was on a terrific 12-match winning streak until he was stopped by Daniil Medvedev in the Rolex Paris Masters 2020 final. The German took a bold lead in the match but dropped two straight sets to suffer defeat. Did lack of fitness cause Zverev the championship? Here’s what he said after the loss. 

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“I have some strange pain in my thigh. I have to check what it is. It didn’t feel good at the end. That wasn’t the reason I lost – I was also tired today,” Zverev mentioned. This raises massive concern regarding his fitness levels which might have interfered with his confidence during the match.

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After edging past and taking the lead in the first set, Zverev failed to hold on to it, which allowed Medvedev to capitalize and race to victory. It is a shame because the German was brilliant in the semi-final against Rafael Nadal when he cruised past the Spaniard in straight sets. 

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Even though Zverev enjoyed a hot streak, his durability over recent times has decreased. The 23-year-old faced several health problems at French Open 2020 which restrained him from giving 100%. 

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A lot seems to be going on in Alexander Zverev’s life at the moment. Recent personal controversies have stirred up media attention, and the finals loss is certainly a tough pill to swallow. 

However, one can always expect Zverev to handle them with control whatsoever. After his loss in the Paris Bercy finals, the German sent out a reply to his adverse critics on how he deals with setbacks in his personal as well as professional life. 

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“I know that there’s gonna be a lot of people that right now are trying to wipe a smile off my face but under this mask I’m smiling brightly. I feel incredible on court […] everything is great in my life. The people who are trying can keep trying,” said Zverev

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There are testing times ahead for the Next-Gen star as the Nitto ATP Finals 2020 will be his next destination. The prestigious tournament has the round-robin locked in, with Zverev being one of the eight contenders. But what does the thigh injury mean for the 2019 semi-finalist? 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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