Alexander Zverev admits he snubbed Rafa Nadal’s Australian Open win over Daniil Medvedev | Tennis | sport
Alexander Zverev has admitted to snubbing the hotly contested Australian Open final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. After a grueling five-set affair, it was the Spaniard who came out on top to get rid of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in winning his 21st career Grand Slam.
Even after Djokovic’s controversial expulsion from Australia, Nadal was not considered the favorite to win the top prize in Melbourne.
His last three matches reflected that, playing 14 sets out of a possible 15 as the 35-year-old battled a difficult road to victory.
More adversity came Nadal’s way to the final, having to fight after two sets against second seed Medvedev, who was widely expected to claim his second Grand Slam title.
As fans, players and pundits savored the veteran’s triumph, Zverev claims he took a different approach.
“I didn’t watch the whole final, but the end yes [I did]“, he admitted, according to We are tennis.
“I’d rather play the finals than watch them on TV.
“What Rafa did on Sunday is incredible, he is extraordinary.”
Indeed, Zverev is still likely to feel the disappointment of what many saw as an early exit from this year’s Australian Open.
The German had won nine out of nine sets en route to his fourth-round clash with Denis Shapovalov.
Few expected the Canadian to then sweep him in straight sets before leading Nadal to five in the following quarter-final.
Zverev is still on the hunt for his first Grand Slam title despite spending the past four years in the top seven and the past few months in the top three.
The 6ft6in star’s main hopes will now turn to Roland Garros where he reached the semi-final last year. But he pledged to reflect on himself until then.
“At the end of the day, I have to do better,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.
“I came here with the goal of winning, and maybe becoming No. 1 and all that.
“But if I play like that, I don’t deserve it. It’s as simple as that.
“I think after a game like this, [No.1] it’s very stupid to talk about it. I think I have to understand myself first.”