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Zverev exits Japan Open after ‘horrible’ first spherical


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Jordan Thompson of Australia (L) shakes arms with Alexander Zverev of Germany after his victory of their males’s singles match on the primary day of the ATP Japan Open tennis match in Tokyo on October 16, 2023. (Photograph by Richard A. Brooks / AFP)

Quantity three seed Alexander Zverev stated he “performed horrible” after crashing out within the first spherical of the Japan Open on Monday, dropping to world quantity 60 Jordan Thompson.

Germany’s Zverev, ranked ninth on the planet, misplaced 6-3, 6-4 in Tokyo, one week after falling on the first hurdle on the Shanghai Masters.

Zverev, who received the Chengdu Open in China final month, stated there was “nothing that I did effectively” after having his serve damaged thrice by Thompson.

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“In the present day, I performed horrible,” stated Zverev.

“He performed fairly good, he served fairly good nevertheless it’s only a very, very unhealthy match for me. I don’t know what to say.”

Zverev had stated that sickness contributed to his loss to Roman Safiullin in Shanghai, however Thompson had “made it tough” for him.

The Australian misplaced in straight units to Novak Djokovic at this yr’s Wimbledon however didn’t again down in opposition to Zverev.

“I haven’t achieved anyplace close to as a lot as he has however after I get on the courtroom with these guys, I’ve obtained to imagine that I can beat them,” stated the 29-year-old.

“For those who don’t imagine it, chances are you’ll as effectively not be out right here, so I’m simply actually having fun with the problem.”

Zverev was returning to Japan for the primary time since profitable Olympic gold two years in the past on the Tokyo Video games, which have been held behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He stated it was “good to play in entrance of spectators however I solely performed one match”.

“I misplaced right this moment so the sensation usually just isn’t very nice proper now,” he stated.

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