Alexander Zverev missed a test of confidence for Wimbledon on a general try. The 22-year-old Hamburger's tennis professional retired at the Hacker tournament in Halle / Westphalia in the quarter-finals against David Goffin. The number five on the world rankings defeated Belgian 6: 3, 1: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7) and continued his mixed season. The wins at the Geneva tournament and several sensational individual successes are faced with some stoppages. Unlike the previous two years, his participation in the ATP final of eight of the top players in London in November is still on the climactic terrain.
Even the grass started all just not smooth. In Stuttgart, Zverev had to run in the first round against Dustin Browna, a lawnmill specialist who can ride on his good odds with his unusual and risky game even to top class men. A 34-year-old professional, now in the ranks of 130 and 180 on the world scale, grabbed one of his days in creams and defeated Zverev in three sets, only twice after the quarter-finals at French Open playing on clay trained on the grass.
Halle survived a first-round match against Dutchman Robin Haase, but was injured in knee injury. He then canceled his bid for a double contest with his brother Mischo, and his start against Steve Johnsona was long questioned. Only after the import decided to compete. "I probably would not play anywhere else," Zverev said. However, he feels obligated by the Weber family, who founded the tournament in Halle and promoted him as a teenager.
Meanwhile, he has a multi-year contract with the organizer that regulates his participation. "The Weber family has always been incredible for the players, they give you something back." Halle is one of my favorite tournaments. Whenever I get the chance to play here, I'll do it, "said a 22-year-old hamburger, was it okay to go to the square?" Zverev showed a concentrated performance against Johnson and won two sets. The injury does not interfere. "With several movements I already had pain, but it was a good thing." He had bruising on his knees and his swollen tendon. There was also a lot of fluid in his knee.
On Friday in his quarter-finals against Goffy Zverev started strong, but then more and more. Especially at his service, the number five on the world rankings could not rely on the game, and his odds on the net were not satisfactory. Already in the result 4: 5 the Germans had to reject two balls for the match, the tie-breaker finally lost energy.
In this form, Zverevo will be difficult to reach in Wimbledon, wanting to get the semi-finals at the Grand Slam tournament for the first time. On the other hand, there is more than a week to prepare. As he would form the training, they asked him, "I do not know what exactly we are going to do, so they will have to ask John Lendley or my father what they want to do with my game, I trust them a lot." For: "Of course, we will do something on service and on the sand."