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Madrid Open: Alexander Zverev sees red

‘The scheduling needs to be done better’
Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev
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Reuters   |   Published 10.05.22, 02:11 AM

World No.3 Alexander Zverev blamed the ATP Tour’s scheduling for his underwhelming performance in Sunday’s Madrid Open final where Carlos Alcaraz stormed to a 6-3, 6-1 victory in just 62 minutes.

“The scheduling needs to be done better... Yesterday (Saturday) I started my match at 11.00pm. I played three sets. Finished at 1.30,” Zverev told reporters.

“Until I get back to the hotel, until I eat, until I do my work with the physio because I have to prepare my body for the next day, it’s 5.00 am.

“If you stay up until 4-5am, the next day you are tired. If you do it two nights in a row, you are completely dead. You will not be able to do physical activity at a maximum level.”

Zverev said he was upset as the final had lost its sheen as a result since fans expected an even contest, even though the majority were rooting for the Spaniard Alcaraz.



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