Milos Raonic ends racket-smashing Alexander Zverev's Aussie run

Tanya Simon
January 21, 2019

World number four Alexander Zverev was comprehensively beaten by Milos Raonic in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Zverev started well against 16th seed Raonic with a break in the first game, but he was then broken six times in the first two sets before the Canadian converted his fourth match point in a tight third set to seal the contest in less than two hours.

Zverev put in an uncharacteristically mistake-ridden performance in the 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) loss, serving up 10 double faults to give Raonic a huge leg-up.

How bitterly disappointing it was, then, for the 21-year-old German as his Australian Open campaign came to an end with a whimper today.

"Yeah, it made me feel better".

Zverev left the court to cool off and at least was competitive when he returned for the third set which he took to a tiebreak. "I was very angry, so I let my anger out", Zverev told reporters.

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Zverev was not able to hold his serve throughout the first set and did so just once in the second.

Zverev was tipped as a future Grand Slam champion after a breakthrough 2018 that saw him win the ATP Tour Finals, beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the process. This is also the 14th out of 15 times the young German has failed to reach the quarter-final at Grand Slams.

"I mean, I played bad".

"Yeah, I mean, it's just tough to name one thing (I did well). Against a quality player like him, it's tough to come back from that".

"For me, it's about being sharp, moving well, and being efficient with my serve and this kind of thing".

Raonic will play the victor of Borna Coric and Lucas Pouille's round of 16 clash in the quarters.

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