Wimbledon 2019: Alexander Zverev is eliminated against Jiri Vesely
Alexander Zverev and the Grand Slam tournaments, they still do not really fit together: Again, the fifth in the world rankings was eliminated early. Zverev lost his first round match in Wimbledon against Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely 6: 4, 3: 6, 2: 6, 5: 7. Thus, the 22-year-old, who had reached the quarter-finals at the French Open, suffered a severe setback.
"My self-esteem is just below zero, I did not win much this year," Zverev said after the game. "I could have won this match."
And then Zverev started an angry speech against his former manager, the Chilean Patricio Apey, without explicitly mentioning his name: "A man whom I thought was my friend, with whom I worked for years, does everything to harm me, "said Zverev, who is in litigation with Apey. "You can not imagine what's happening right now, what's going on is abysmal, I'm very angry about it."
The dispute has apparently increasingly on his athletic performance. Several times Zverev already complained how much the situation weighed on him. "The last two days have been tough for me, I do not want to go into details, but I have to fix that," he said in London. He wanted to set free now for a few days.
Zverev was able to rely first in the first sentence on his strong serve. He beat nine aces, won 95 percent of his points after the first serve, and did not miss a single break. Even at the score of 5: 4 he used his first chance to relieve his serve on the well-serving Vesely, number 124 in the world.
But in the second round the match tipped. Vesely, who had already been twice in the round of 16 at Wimbledon, made his first break at the score of 3: 3 and then marched to set equalizer. Also in the third round he led early with 3: 0 and could not take this lead. In the fourth set, Zverev had several chances to break under the eyes of coach Ivan Lendl himself and had to give up after 2:31 hours beaten.
Zverev, ranked sixth at Wimbledon, was, as so often, highly traded before the tournament. But the German could not meet the expectations again. In the past, Zverev was eliminated early in Grand Slam tournaments. In 20 Grand Slam participations, he has made it only four times at least in the second round. Before Zverev, six other German Wimbledon participants were eliminated by Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Similar to Zverev, the 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas: The Greek was placed in seventh place, but lost his opening match 4: 6, 6: 3, 4: 6, 7: 6 (10: 8), 3: 6 against Thomas Fabbiano. The Italian is number 89 in the world.