Alexander Zverev full of excuses as he suffers another Grand Slam disappointment at US Open

Alexander Zverev disappointed at US Open

Alexander Zverev blamed the speed of the court, as well as an injury, as he suffered another Grand Slam failure in New York.

Zverev has never been as far as a quarter-final at a Grand Slam twice – both the French Open – and his bid to add a third in New York was ended by Diego Schwartzman.

It was a poor performance from Zverev, and that prompted him to question the quality of the court.

“The court was playing very low and very slow – the opposite to what I prefer,” Zverev said after his 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 defeat.

“I had some things bothering me because of the fall I had two days ago. I couldn’t practise freely, my right hip and back is swollen, but I haven’t suffered any fatigue.

“He [Schwartzman] was playing very aggressive and played very well.

“It’s been a much better week for me than the last two months so I can take some positives.”

Schwartzman added: “I think Alex had many problems with the serve.

“I’m a big returner and I took many chances and I think I played great tennis,” Schwartzman said.

Matteo Berrettini is also in the last eight after he beat Russian Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), and Gael Monfils continued his fine recent form by beating Pablo Andujar in straight sets.

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