Alexander Sascha Zverev’s hopes of defending the ATP Finals title were quashed after losing 7-5,6-3 to Dominic Thiem in the semifinals. Despite crushing out from the competition, the German has some plans on how he intends to spend his off-season. He is set to play a series of exhibition matches with Roger Federer in South America.
Federer and Zverev to play in South America
“I will actually have six days of holidays this year. This is all I’m getting, because I’m still going to South America, still playing with Roger (Federer) for five matches,” he said.
The two players withdrew from the Davis Cup for different reasons. Roger wanted to make time for his family hence did not want to be part of the competition. On his part, Alexander Zverev was not impressed by the new-look Davis Cup that has undergone a series of changes.
After the exhibition matches the German will have a few days to enjoy the holidays. Then he will head to New York, where he will undergo eye surgery before kick-starting his training sessions ahead of the new season.
“And then I’ll only have a few days’ holidays, and then I’m actually going to go to New York to maybe do a small procedure that I have to do on my eyes. Then I’ll start training,” he added.
Concerning his loss to Dominic Thiem
Zverev lost to Dominic Thiem failing to make into the final of the season-ending tournament. He committed unnecessary errors that came to haunt him at the end of the match.
“Dominic obviously played very good from the baseline. But today I was playing with no returns, actually. I was returning really bad and didn’t put a lot of pressure on his serve. And when I did, he was coming out with good serves, good points,” Zverev admitted.
Zverev continued to praise Dominic Thiem on the excellent game he played. He admitted missing out on some easy but crucial shots that contributed to his loss.
He also shared some of his thoughts on next year’s tennis season. The German predicted that next year there would be a new Grand Slam winner. He encouraged tennis enthusiasts to be patient as they wait for the new grand slam champion next year. This year’s ATP Finals was won by Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek beat Dominic Thiem 6-7(6-8), 6-2,7-6 (7-4) after a perfect comeback to lift the title.
Alexander Zverev’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.7, the German played his last match on the 16th of November when he lost to Dominic Thiem 7-5 6-3 in the semifinal in London.
This year the German has a 41-24 win-loss record. The German has won 1 title in Geneva. The German was the finalist in Acapulco and in Shanghai.
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