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Tennis: Setbacks strengthen Zverev: “Been through a lot of shit”

Tennis: Setbacks strengthen Zverev: “Been through a lot of shit”

The German tennis pro averted an early exit at the French Open by believing in himself, which he strengthened through negative experiences on and off the court.

When Alexander Zverev’s title mission at the French Open threatened to end early at 1:4 in the fifth set, the German tennis star did not panic at all. He moved his return position a little forward to stop the dangerous serve-and-volley game of his Dutch third-round opponent Tallon Griekspoor. And he still believed in himself even when he was two breaks behind.

“I’ve been through a lot of shit in the last few years. With my injuries, with my comeback, with a lot of stuff. I still believe that it can make you stronger,” said the Hamburg native after the five-set victory in the match tiebreak.

The 27-year-old explained that he could have gone in two directions: “You can either go down completely, or you can come back and say: I went through all that, I’m back here now and I’ve earned myself the chance to compete for titles like that again.”

Dramatic defeat against Nadal two years ago

Two years ago, he twisted his ankle in the semi-finals against Rafael Nadal in Paris and was eliminated in dramatic fashion. After that, it took him a long time to get back to the top of the world.

Last year he reached the semifinals again, just like he did in 2021 – but that is no longer enough for him. Zverev finally wants his first Grand Slam title, and nowhere are his chances as great as on clay at the Stade Roland Garros. This year, his big competitors Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz are also not 100 percent fit.

Source: Stern

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