Alexander Zverev arrived in Melbourne aiming to win his maiden main and take a shot on the No. 1 rating.
The world No. 3 was beating up himself after departing the Australian Open fourth spherical in a dismal 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 loss to Denis Shapovalov.
A candid Zverev credited Wimbledon semifinalist Shapovalov for outplaying him, however ripped his personal efficiency as “terrible.”
“He was standing again on the returns, which I have not seen earlier than. I feel he was making much more returns,” Zverev mentioned. “To be trustworthy, there’s not a lot I can say or take away that was constructive from at present. Possibly since Wimbledon, one of many worst matches I’ve performed. It is simply robust.
“I imply, look, I clearly, I give credit score to Denis. It is unbelievable he is within the quarters. I feel he deserves it. He is executed loads of work. He is improved his sport. However I’ve received to have a look at myself, as nicely. Right this moment was simply, yeah, at present was simply, in my view, terrible from my aspect.”
Whereas Shapovalov strikes on to a quarterfinal showdown vs. 2009 champion Rafael Nadal, Zverev is left to select up the items.
The Olympic gold-medal champion dropped to 1-7 in his final eight matches vs. High 20 opponents at majors.
“On the finish of the day, I’ve received to do higher,” Zverev mentioned. “I got here right here with a aim to win, and possibly to grow to be No. 1 and all that. But when I play like that, I do not deserve it. It is so simple as that…
“look, there are not any excuses. I have to be higher, I must do higher. It is so simple as that. It is nobody else’s fault. It isn’t the coach’s fault, it isn’t my workforce’s fault, it is nobody else’s fault. It is purely me. On the finish of the day, because the world No. 3, I’ve to take duties for the issues I do and do not do. Right this moment was, yeah, was simply not ok to beat somebody like Denis.”
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