Wednesday, August 28, 2019
A hard-fought five-set win at the US Open gives courage to Alexander Zverev. Before the second round duel with Frances Tiafoe, his last shaky confidence grew. After the thriller, the tennis pros even send in a challenge.
Sometimes a simple look helps you look more positive again. Unnoticed and without pressure, in 2017 Alexander Zverev began to liberate the world of tennis. Frances Tiafoe was already a rising talent at the time, but Zverev beat the Americans smoothly in three sets, both at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon. Well, two years later, Zverev meets again at the US Open on Tiafoe – but the conditions are completely different.
Zverev's light heart has not been seen for some time, arguing recently. But before Thursday's second round game in New York, the 22-year-old is at least living in the hope that the times of doubt will be past. Because the Zverevs roller coaster thriller that started the Grand Slam in the Big Apple has been negotiated despite significant weaknesses and encouragement.
"It was partly world class"
"The attitude is right and the shape is back," tennis idol Boris Becker said after the painful Zverev 6: 1, 6: 3, 3: 6, 4: 6, 6: 2 against Moldovan Rad Albot at Eurosport. In the first two sets, the sixth world rankings, after many disappointments in recent weeks, have once again shown their great potential. "It was partly world-class," Becker praised. The dominant game was from the initial, positive body language – and strong nerves after an inexplicable break-in, reminiscent of poor running performance.
"It will help me a lot in the tournament," Zverev said, calling the key to the rise of the crisis symbol itself in recent weeks. "I have a little more confidence in my second job," Hamburger said. "For ten days I trained my ministry for hours at a time," Zverev said, until Sunday he was still serving "incredibly poor" in training. But then, Zverev said and snapped his fingers, "he noticed something."
"When I play like in the first two sentences …"
However, he has no explanation for it: "For us tennis players everything is very complicated and all of a sudden you have a feeling and rhythm again." The fact that he still has to shake Albot is "a bit normal for me," Zverev said, joking, "I have to learn that I can win in three sets, not every five." Already at the French Open he saved a clear 2-0 lead combination against John Millman and Dusan Lajovic, just over five sets to win.
At least how easily he wins in three sets against Tiafoe, Zverev already knows. "I've known him since adolescence," the ATP champion said of his one-year-old opponent, who had three outs in four duels: "This is going to be an interesting match because a player with a lot of interesting things on the field can do." also capable of curiosities, he showed already in New York – both the good and the bad. But the good things should finally prevail. And this season, the tortured tennis player sends even a small challenge: "If I play like in the first two sets, then let's see how it goes here."