‘There are no words’ to help Alexander Zverev after tough Novak Djokovic loss, says coach

Mischa Zverev says there are ‘no words’ he can offer to brother Alexander Zverev after Novak Djokovic defeated him at the Australian Open.

Alexander Zverev started well against Djokovic in the quarterfinals, winning the first set and having further chances to win subsequent sets later in the match.

He found the world number one in incredibly resilient form, though, with Djokovic able to win 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 and book a place in the last four against Aslan Karatsev.

And Mischa, who is part of Alexander’s coaching team, has described it as ‘a tough loss.’

“When you are a break up in a set, you need to give it another 10%, extra power, extra energy and body language to really show your opponent that you want to win the set and win the match,” Mishca Zverev told Eurosport.

“Sascha was a break up, kept his pace and momentum but Novak is able to change the way he is playing, he will turn up the energy and that’s why it is so hard to beat him.

“There are no words I can say right now, sometimes the less you say the more it means so you just give him some time, some space and you are just there with him.

“If he needs something you are there otherwise you just leave him alone.

“Sometimes after tough losses there isn’t any need to say much.”

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