Alexander Zverev. Courtesy: Reuters
- Zverev won the match in a five-setter
- Zverev said that the playing conditions were windy
- Zverev will next face Brandon Nakashima in the third round
Olympic champion Alexander Zverev heaped praise on Sebastian Baez after beating the Argentinean 2-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 7-5 in the second round match of the French Open 2022 on Wednesday, May 25 at the Phillippe-Chatrier. The 25-year-old Zverev didn’t make a great start as he lost the first two sets to the 21-year-old.
However, the German star held his nerve to win the next three sets and subsequently, came up trumps. Zverev said that he took some lessons from his defeat against Dominic Thiem in the final of the US Open 2020 at Flushing Meadows. Zverev had lost the match 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6).
Zverev admitted that the windy conditions at the venue made it extremely tough for him to compete. He said that it took him a while to get used to the playing conditions.
“I lost a US Open final being two sets up and I’ve learned from it. He’s unbelievable and he’s got a bright future ahead of him. I just tried to fight. You have to win these kind of matches, when you’re not playing well because you can’t always play well,” Zverev said after the match.
“I think he played a very good match, especially in the beginning. I had absolutely no rhythm today in the beginning on that court. It was extremely windy. The conditions were very different than the other day, so took me a while to get into the match, but I knew I had to keep fighting,” he stated.
“I knew I had to just find a way, especially in the second set, I mean, I knew that I was not going to win it, but I knew that I have to find a rhythm in that set,” Zverev added.
Zverev is next set to cross swords with America’s Brandon Nakashima in the third round match at Roland Garros on Friday, May 27.