Zverev conceded bitter final bankruptcy in Montpellier

Alexander Zverev did not completely succeed in making amends for Melbourne. About two weeks after his disappointing knockout round at the Australia Open, the Olympic champion missed his first title of the year at the tennis tournament in Montpellier.

Zverev lost in the final against Kazakh Alexander Bublik 4: 6, 3: 6, but was able to gain a little new confidence during the week in France after the frustration from Australia.

Against Bublik, however, the 24-year-old was never able to build on his previous strong performances at the tournament. On the way to his first final this year, Zverev had just given up 13 games and defeated his opponents in quick succession. The idea of ​​returning to the field quickly thanks to a wildcard and gaining new security in your own games seemed to work out very well.

Zverev with too many mistakes

But in the final, Zverev looked tired and made too many mistakes overall. The support of his girlfriend Sophia Thomalla in the stands didn’t help either. The game was over after just 69 minutes.

In the first set, Zverev was able to quickly make up for a loss of serve when the score was 2: 3. However, he gave up his service again to make it 4:5, so that Bublik was able to get the first round after 37 minutes. In the second set, too, Zverev found no means against the Kazakh, who was consistently serving well. Instead, the German number one conceded another break to make it 2: 3 before even giving up his last service game to make it 3: 6 to zero.

“You played incredibly well today and all week and you are the deserved winner,” said Zverev to Bublik after the game. “I still had a good time here,” said the number three in the world, who triumphed in Montpellier in 2017.

It is still unclear what Zverev’s further plans will look like. He will probably not play again until the end of February at the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Zverev won there last year. In March, the two Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami are on the agenda.


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