The 2019 season has not gone according to plan for Alexander Zverev and the German has confessed that he “doesn’t know how to get out of the hole” that he currently finds himself in.
Having won the prestigious season-ending ATP Finals in London in November 2018, many backed Zverev to challenge the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the Australian Open.
He lost in the round of 16 in Melbourne and then reached the final of the Mexican Open where he lost against Nick Kyrgios, but his form has taken big dip in recent months with early exits at Indian Wells, Miami, Marrakech, Monte-Carlo and Barcelona.
The 22-year-old suffered a disappointing 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) defeat to lucky loser Nicolas Jarry in Barcelona on Tuesday and he admits he is not quite sure how to turn things around.
“I just play bad, it’s not a secret,” he said. “I’m missing backhands all over the places, which is my best shot.
“I cannot make one impressive shot. I’m double faulting.
“The tennis was very low-level. Most of the points that I won were unforced errors by him. I’m in a hole and I don’t know how to get out of it.”
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