Alexander Zverev’s Indian Wells Masters campaign was over before he could really get going, but the German is hopeful he will do better at the Miami Open.
The world No 3 was under the weather in the build-up to the BNP Paribas Open, but he didn’t really have to get out of first gear in his opening game as Martin Klizan retired while 6-3, 2-0 down.
However, Zverev’s fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff was not in a very sympathetic mood during their third-round clash on Monday as the world No 55 took just 70 minutes to win 6-3, 6-1.
After the match Zverev revealed that he was struggling with a virus, but has already shifted focus to the Miami Open, which starts on March 18, where he finished runner-up in 2018.
“I have been sick for a week. That hasn’t changed unfortunately,” Zverev said. “I think I just got unlucky, got a virus somewhere and that’s how it is.”
He added: “It’s about getting healthy and about recovering and preparing myself for Miami. Miami is the tournament I do well in [compared to Indian Wells], history-wise.”
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