Alexander Zverev took his frustrations out on one of his rackets at the Australian Open, but he is safely into the second round.
Zverev, who played a lot of tennis over the weekend at the ATP Cup in lengthy matches against Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, took a while to get going against Marcos Giron.
After failing to serve out the first set, he made his racket pay the price, although it didn’t immediately help him as he went on to lose on a tiebreaker.
🔥 NO MERCY 🔥
Zverev’s racquet has copped all of his anger in that one. 🤯
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) February 8, 2021
However, he soon settled into the match after that, and powered his way to an ultimately comfortable 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.
Afterwards, Zverev admitted that fatigue definitely played a part in his poor start to the match.
“He played incredible. He had me on the ropes, particularly in the second set tie-break,” Zverev said.
“I was just happy to get through. Playing the first round of a Grand Slam is never easy. My body felt a little fatigued, I was a little tired.”
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