“Trying to Wipe a Smile off My Face”: Alexander Zverev Responds to Critics

Published 11/08/2020, 12:13 PM EST
Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates during the final against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

It was an exciting night as two of the ‘Next-Gen’ players were up against each other at the finals of the Rolex Paris Masters 2020. World No.5 Daniil Medvedev faced World No.7 Alexander Zverev. Fans expected it to be a thriller and yes, the match was full of emotions, intensity, and drama. However, despite losing the first set, it was Medvedev who kept his calm and made a comeback to win the Paris Masters 2020 title with a final scoreline of 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

It was definitely not easy for Medvedev as Zverev was coming in with a 12-match winning streak to his name. The Russian player delivered a total of fourteen aces and, with the help of some fine forehand winners, closed the match off easily.

In the post-match interview, Zverev responded to his critics. He said that there are some people who don’t want him happy at this moment. However, he vowed to keep on smiling even if they try to discourage him.

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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,” said a confident Zverev.

Zverev’s ex-girlfriend has accused him of domestic violence and abuse. Although Zverev has denied all the allegations, he believes that there are some people who want to continue to criticize him.

“I feel incredible on the court”- Alexander Zverev

Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during the final against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Though Alexander Zverev lost in the finals, he has proved what he is capable of in the year 2020. He admitted that it was a great season for him and his critics’ opinions don’t really matter to him.

“I feel incredible on the court […] everything is great in my life. The people who are trying can keep trying,” added an enthusiastic US Open 2020 runner up.

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He clearly highlighted that no matter how hard people try to demotivate him, he will continue to focus on his game. Alexander Zverev has exhibited some great performances this year. The 23-year-old played his maiden Grand Slam final and Paris Masters final this year. He will surely look to improve from these losses and come back stronger.

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His fans have really high expectations from him and want him to lift his maiden Grand Slam title at the upcoming Australian Open 2021.

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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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