‘Pain of losing US Open final is still in my head,’ admits Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev says he will do ‘everything he can’ to win the Australian Open to vanquish the pain of New York.

Zverev reached his first Grand Slam final in October, and took a two sets lead over Dominic Thiem only to have the US Open title snatched away from him in a deciding set tiebreaker.

He has looked absolutely flawless so far at the Australian Open, though, and and he is hoping it can help him deal with a few lingering demons.

“The US Open was one of the greatest moments of my career but also one of the toughest.

“I was two points away from winning my first Grand Slam so I still have that in my head.

“I’m going to do everything I can to make it happen here maybe.”

Zverev produced some incredibly powerful hitting to beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 and book his place in the fourth round, and he was understandably pleased with his performance.

“Very happy,” he said. “Adrian is someone I’ve played three times in the last year. Every time it was a very long match.

“I thought maybe I would hit the ball harder so we wouldn’t have to play for four hours so you guys don’t have to sit in the sun so all good.

“I know today is the last day we may play with a crowd. I hope Wednesday or Thursday it gets better. It’s been fun.”

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