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Alexander Zverev admitted there was an element which prevented him from winning Novak Djokovic.
At the age of 24, Zverev is already considered as one of the most accomplished players of the new generation.
The latest defeat came against world No.1 in the US Open semi-final.
And Djokovic’s incredible mental strength played a role again, as always.
The German tennis star has spoken up about this matter.
“It was a great battle and a pretty good match if we exclude the first part of the decider.
“I’m disappointed about how it went, but I left it all out there, just like Novak. I was ridiculously unlucky when I lost serve for the second time in the final set, but it happens sometimes. Novak is the world’s leading player, and he showed that again.
The world No.4 admits Nole’s mental strength and initial shot on break chances were the keys to the latter’s victory.
“Physically, I felt fine and had strength for more. Still, that second break in the final set cost me dearly, and Novak made the difference with his initial shot on break chances, offering me almost no opportunities; that made the difference tonight.
“Novak found a massive serve every time he needed it. Based on form, Novak and I are among the world’s three leading players, and matches between the rivals like us constantly go back and forth. I fought back and left my all out there.
“I lost in those crucial moments, but I still kept Novak on the court for three and a half hours; I took him a very long way. It could have gone both ways,” Alexander Zverev said.
Source – tennisworldusa