Tranquil Zverev keeps emotions in check to down Alcaraz in Paris

1/6/2022 12:14:00 AM

Tranquil Zverev keeps emotions in check to down Alcaraz in Paris

Tranquil Zverev keeps emotions in check to down Alcaraz in Paris

PARIS : Alexander Zverev appeared calm as a monk compared to the exuberance of his teenage opponent Carlos Alcaraz during their gruelling French Open quarter-final on Tuesday and the German believes reining in his emotions was crucial to his win.With the vast majority of the crowd at Court Philippe Chatri

LinkedIn PARIS : Alexander Zverev appeared calm as a monk compared to the exuberance of his teenage opponent Carlos Alcaraz during their gruelling French Open quarter-final on Tuesday and the German believes reining in his emotions was crucial to his win.LinkedIn PARIS : German third seed Alexander Zverev capitalised on an error-filled performance from Carlos Alcaraz to tame the high-flying teenaged Spaniard 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6(7) on Tuesday and reach a second straight semi-final at the French Open.LinkedIn PARIS :German third seed Alexander Zverev capitalised on an error-filled performance from Carlos Alcaraz to tame the high-flying teenaged Spaniard 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6(7) on Tuesday and reach a second straight semi-final at the French Open.LinkedIn PARIS : German third seed Alexander Zverev capitalised on an error-filled performance from Carlos Alcaraz to tame the high-flying teenaged Spaniard 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6(7) on Tuesday and reach a second straight semi-final at the French Open.

With the vast majority of the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier rooting for the 19-year-old, who was on a 14-match winning streak, Zverev showed nerves of steel for the entire three hours and 18 minutes of the match."I think it was extremely important, because I knew that it was going to be a very long and very physical match, and I couldn't show too many emotions because that also makes you tired," Zverev told reporters.Zverev, who lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2021 semi-final, had a 2-1 head-to-head lead against Alcaraz but his opponent had won their most recent meeting - the only one on clay - this month in the final of the ATP Masters in Madrid."That also drains the energy of you.Alcaraz made 56 unforced errors as Zverev saved a set point in the fourth set tiebreak before converting his second matchpoint to set up a meeting against either world number one Novak Djokovic or 13-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal.So I had to stay calm.Source: Reuters.I had to stay calm throughout the whole match, even though I feel like I left chances in the third set behind, so I had to stay calm when I lost the third set.

"Had to stay calm when I didn't serve out the fourth set at 5-4."He is going to win this tournament a lot of times not just once.I think that was quite important how I came back in the game of 6-5.Then obviously in the tiebreak it was a back-and-forth, with quite good tennis." Zverev was broken while serving for the match in the fourth set and was forced to save a set point in the tiebreak before converting his second matchpoint to seal the contest when he let all his emotions out with a huge roar.But Alcaraz seemed too eager to impose himself on the match early and it resulted in an array of unforced errors from the young Spaniard.Alcaraz had defeated Olympic champion Zverev this month in the final of the ATP Masters in Madrid, their most recent meeting and their only one on clay.

The German was glad he did not have to play a deciding set."I think Carlos is one of the best players in the world right now.He committed 16 in each of the opening two sets and a break in the seventh game of the second gave the German the advantage which he turned into a 2-0 lead in the match.It seems quite impossible to beat him," Zverev added."But I knew that I had to play my absolute best from the first point on.I think letting him go ahead in the match, letting him get the confidence was going to be a very difficult thing for me to come back from.The Spaniard would, however, not go down without a fight and with Zverev serving for the match, Alcaraz converted a breakpoint with a backhand winner to get the set back on serve and get the crowd back on their feet.

In the end I'm happy that I won in four sets and didn't have to go to a fifth set." "At the end of the day, I said a lot of times, I'm not 20 or 21 years old anymore; I'm 25.I am at the stage where I want to win, I'm at the stage where I'm supposed to win, as well."I did not get broken once when it was sunny." Source: Reuters.

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