Alexander Zverev over the years has grown into one of the best young talents in tennis. He has competed at the highest level winning the tour finals, a few masters titles, and sometimes been a tough task for the Big 3. And so he narrates an instance when he came close to beating Rafael Nadal early on in his career.
Every player in his/her career goes through emotions. When the player is young they don’t know how to handle emotions. And Zverev narrated the time when he couldn’t control his tears.
“And I had not won one point after losing the match point against Rafael Nadal” – Alexander Zverev
“I can even remember when it was actually. It was a while ago, but it was in 2016 when I played Rafa for the first time,” Zverev said
It was a Masters match in Indian Wells and in the third set, the German had a match point but couldn’t convert it. And Zverev had the chance but didn’t take it, which led to the tears.
“I had a match point and I had a volley about probably two-three meters away from the net. High forehand volley. I just had to put it away and I missed it. I think it was 5-3, 40-30 my serve. And I had not won one point after that,” Zverev highlighted
After saving the match point Nadal from 3-5 won the third set 7-5 and won the match. Zverev was desperate at that time as he never won a match against a top 10 opponent and coming so close to beat someone like Rafa will have had its charm.
“I was 18 years old and didn’t have a top 10 win at that time and Rafa would have been my first top 10 wins. I got home and then I was devastated, I was done,” he said.
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