Alexander Zverev has taken a swipe at Roland Garros over what he sees as the 'very interesting' preferential treatment of Carlos Alcaraz.
Zverev will face Alcaraz in the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday as both players bid for a maiden Grand Slam title.
However, before the match they German expressed some griped with the scheduling of his matches compared those of Carlos Alcaraz, and questioned whether or not the Spaniard deserved the status being attributed to him.
“We have Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on our side of the tournament. And it is normal, if they are on your side of the tournament they get what they want, and that’s okay,” Zverev told Eurosport Germany.
“One of them won 20 Grand Slams, the other 21. And that is proper. That is totally fine for me.
“But it is very interesting to see that Alcaraz gets what he wants.
"We all have played a couple of times on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Myself three times, Novak twice, even Rafa. But Alcaraz plays every match on Philippe-Chatrier.
“I get that he is the exciting new mega talent in tennis. I am still the number three in the world, but this is nothing about me.
“We have Rafa and Novak on our side of the tournament and they need to make room, so that somebody else can play on the main court that hasn’t already multiple times. This is extremely interesting for me.”
This will be the fourth match between Alcaraz and Zverev, with the latter shading the head-to-head. It was Carlos Alcaraz who won the most recent though, in the final of the Madrid Masters.
After that meeting in Madrid, Alexander Zverev was also very unhappy with the scheduling, saying he was forced to play the late match in every round to accommodate Alcaraz, which then left him at a disadvantage for the final.
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