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Cincinnati | Zverev runs out of steam

Alexander Zverev admitted to being fatigued as he crashed out of the Cincinnati Masters but still remains confident he for the US Open a week on Monday.

I'm not a machine. I'm tired. There was no hiding it. There's a physical limit to all of us and I've reached that now. Alexander Zverev

The 20-year-old German who defeated Roger Federer for the Montreal Masters last week, lost out to the 19-year-old wildcard from the States, Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-3 6-4 in what is the last major warm-up event for Flushing Meadows.

Zverev, who also won in Washington the week preceding Montreal, has collected five titles this season to match Roger Federer as both players lead the race for titles in 2017.

“I’ve beaten a lot of great players. I’ve beaten a lot of top-10 players. I’ve played a lot of big matches,” Zverev said. “I feel very confident with how I’m playing. I feel the best I ever felt going into a Grand Slam and that confidence shows on the court.”

But the effort involved over the last two weeks has drained the young German.

“I’m not a machine. I’m tired. There was no hiding it,” Zverev admitted. “There’s a physical limit to all of us and I’ve reached that now.

“This match is already forgotten. But it’s something that’s normal. It happens to all of us.”

Zverev considered withdrawing but said he made a promise to play doubles with India’s Leander Paes at Cincinnati and they did, losing Tuesday in their first match.

“I’m someone who keeps my promises,” Zverev said. “I actually felt OK yesterday but I only hit for 30 minutes.

“I’m going to take three or four days off, play a load of golf and go to the beach and not touch a tennis racket,” he added.


The 20-year-old German who defeated Roger Federer for the Montreal Masters last week, lost out to the 19-year-old wildcard from the States, Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-3 6-4 in what is the last major warm-up event for Flushing Meadows.

Zverev, who also won in Washington the week preceding Montreal, has collected five titles this season to match Roger Federer as both players lead the race for titles in 2017.

“I’ve beaten a lot of great players. I’ve beaten a lot of top-10 players. I’ve played a lot of big matches,” Zverev said. “I feel very confident with how I’m playing. I feel the best I ever felt going into a Grand Slam and that confidence shows on the court.”

But the effort involved over the last two weeks has drained the young German.

“I’m not a machine. I’m tired. There was no hiding it,” Zverev admitted. “There’s a physical limit to all of us and I’ve reached that now.

“This match is already forgotten. But it’s something that’s normal. It happens to all of us.”

Zverev considered withdrawing but said he made a promise to play doubles with India’s Leander Paes at Cincinnati and they did, losing Tuesday in their first match.

“I’m someone who keeps my promises,” Zverev said. “I actually felt OK yesterday but I only hit for 30 minutes.

“I’m going to take three or four days off, play a load of golf and go to the beach and not touch a tennis racket,” he added.





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