Alexander Zverev has definitely fallen short of expectations and experienced an infinite number of ups and downs at the start of the season. The German left the Australian Open in the round of 16, losing in three sets to Denis Shapovalov and then losing to Alexander Bublik in the Open Sud De France in the final.
In Acapulco, however, Zverev was unable to keep control and, during the doubles match with Marcelo Melo, he hit the referee's chair several times with his racket. Zverev's harsh reaction led to his disqualification in the Mexican singles tournament.
Zverev also failed to meet the odds in Indian Wells and Miami, where he only won three games. The semi-final he won at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo looked like it could mark the turning point, but the German played one of the worst games in his career against Holger Rune at the ATP 250 tournament in Munich last week.
Alexander Zverev: "I'm going through a difficult time"
He said: "It was one of the worst defeats of my career. I was completely out of phase. I am having a difficult time, this is reality. Mentally I have to deal with difficult situations off the court.
But I am happy to be here in Madrid and I will try to enjoy tennis. Fortunately, this sport continually offers new possibilities for redemption and I hope to be able to forget the disappointment experienced in the home tournament," said Zverev also referring to the accusations of domestic violence made against him by ex-girlfriend Olga Sharipova in an interview with Marca newspaper.
"It is difficult to play tennis when there are so many things happening around you. I hope everything works out soon. My goals do not change. Once I have found serenity in my life again, I will be able to play even better than last.
season. I am aware that many people and the media just want to criticize me. I have often received a lot of criticism for unfair things."