The German quarter-final against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday lasted until midnight, while the semi-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas the next day did not end until after 01:00 local time.
He didn’t like it considering the final against Carlos Alcaraz later in the day. Zverev ended up being played off the court and lost in straight sets with the numbers 3-6, 1-6.
– ATP work this week was a disgrace. Two days ago I went to bed at 4 a.m. and yesterday I went to bed at 5:20 a.m. Anyone who goes to bed this late will find it difficult to stay awake, Zverev said at the post-match press conference.
However, he wouldn’t put all the blame for the eventual defeat on the lack of nighttime sleep. Alcaraz has recently had a boom on the tennis courts and has now won two Masters 1000 tournaments in just over a month.
– I probably wouldn’t have beaten him even if I had slept better, but it would definitely be a better match. I am a human, not a robot, he said.
Zverev is still number three in the ATP rankings. The next tournament for tennis’ elite is the Masters tournament in Rome this week. Zverev has a surprise in the first round and will face Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor or Argentinian Sebastian Baez in the second round.