Germany’s Alexander Zverev exits Australian Open in meltdown

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Fourth-seed men’s tennis player Alexander Zverev has crashed out of the Australian Open in the fourth round. The German had been expected to defeat his Canadian opponent Milos Raonic for a place in the quarterfinals.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev was dumped out of the Australian Open in the fourth-round on Monday by Canadian Milos Raonic 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7/5).

In a surprsingly one-sided match, Raonic was able to break 21-year-old Zverev’s serve six times in the first two sets.

Although the third set was much closer, the Canadian converted his fourth match point to seal the contest in less than two hours.

As well as losing out on a place in the quarterfinals, Zverev was also reprimanded by the umpire. Aware that the match was slipping away from him in the second set, Zverev smashed his racquet into the ground, leaving it mangled and earning him a code violation.

The 28-year-old Raonic will now compete with either Croatian Borna Coric, seeded 11th, or France’s Lucas Pouille, who is seeded 28th.

“I just tried to stay composed, ” said Raonic. “It worked extremely well for me today. I played incredibly good, did a lot of things extremely well.”

Despite being tipped as a future world number one — having won last year’s ATP Tour Finals, beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the process — Zverev has struggled at the Grand Slams. His best achievement so far was to reach a quarterfinal in the French Open last year.

Zverev’s exit is another disappointment for Germany after the surprise exit of second-seed Angelique Kerber at the hands of American Danielle Collins. In her effort to reach the quarterfinals, Kerber lost 6-0, 6-2 in a match that lasted less than an hour.

 

rc/rt (AFP, Reuters)

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