The Spaniard David Ferrer, who has already announced his retirement this year, pulled off one of the comebacks of the season, as he knocked out the young German Alexander Zverev in three enthralling sets 6-2, 5-7, 3-6, .
After what looked like a routine first set for Zverev, David Ferrer decided he would put up a fight. Riding on the back of relentless hitting from the baseline, David Ferrer, showed the 2018 Miami Open runner up the doors.
David Ferrer, playing for the last time in Miami, beats Alexander Zverev 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the 3rd round. His first top 3 win in FIVE YEARS. pic.twitter.com/wyXX3GKQzC
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 24, 2019
Alexander Zverev, did not look comfortable form the baseline, as the match progressed, and began to loose the majority of the long grueling rallies. A string of unforced errors issued from Zverev’s racquet as he struggled to find any sort of rhythm in the ground strokes.
Nothing taken away from David Ferrer of-course, who looked to be his vintage best under the lights at the Miami Open 2019. The Miami crowd got behind David Ferrer, and the Spaniard graciously accepted the positive vibes, hitting brutal shots from the back of the court and pining Alexander Zverev meters behind the baseline.
He will now face the American Frances Tiafoe, in his next round, and the Spaniard will fancy himself against the young gun. It has been a bad outing for the seeds in the ATP singles draw, as Zverev joins a bunch of big names that bowed out today.
Don David Ferrer Ern
Eres leyenda, Ferru ❤pic.twitter.com/l28MYmWdMj
— Oli apuestas ⛈ (@OliMLB) March 24, 2019
— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) March 24, 2019
Following the match, Zverev was interviewed on the shocking loss to the Spanish veteran. He said, “I didn’t play good. He obviously is a warrior, he fights like crazy, and he plays unbelievable tennis still. The Indian Wells illness still left some marks. I didn’t play a lot of tennis, I didn’t practice a lot.”
He continued, “I didn’t play a lot of tournaments this year. For me, this was my third tournament of the year. Indian Wells, I’m not even counting that. I was playing with a fever.”
“I just need to play and get back to my match rhythm. I’m someone who plays well when he plays a lot, so I need to start doing that again, and I hope things will be better.”
He even spoke about his victorious opponent, David Ferrer. Zverev praised, “I’ve said this a lot of times. I respect him the most on tour, this hasn’t changed.”