‘This is a match I should never have lost,’ says Alexander Zverev after Munich loss

Alexander Zverev is out of the BMW Open in Munich after getting beat by qualifier Ilya Ivashka in the quarterfinal.

Zverev was top seed in the tournament, which takes place in his home country of Germany, and wasn’t expected to be troubled by the 27-year-old Belarusian who has never reached an ATP final.

However, Ivashka, who is ranked 107th in the world, seems to be in good form right now, recently pushing Rafael Nadal to a third set at the Barcelona Open.

Meanwhile Zverev is coming back from an elbow injury which saw him take an early exit in the Monte-Carlo Masters, and then skip Barcelona in order to recover.

On arrival in Munich the German had empathised with fellow player Dominic Thiem saying that he too was struggling with motivation while playing within COVID restrictions.

This state of mind seemed to carry on court, as the world number six made numerous unforced errors, double faults and he looked unsettled throughout shouting at his coaching team. After the match Zverev seemed despondent.

“This is a match I should never have lost – I’m sad and disappointed”, said Zverev.

For his opponent Ivashka, this is his first win against a top ten player and he was rightly proud, winning 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

“This match was really tough for me and I was [close to losing] in the second set,” Ivashka said in his post-match interview.

“I managed well and I tried stay in and fight until the last moment to see if he would give [me] chances and it happened.”

“I just came to play match after match,” Ivashka said. “I knew that I had played well [in the] previous weeks… but I was not expecting [this run].”

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