Germany’s Alexander Zverev lost another match this year and has admitted he has no clue how to get out of the rut he finds himself.
Playing in his second round match at the Barcelona Open yesterday, Zverev was bumped out in three sets by Nicolas Jarry of Chile. He went down 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 after having a match-point at 6-5 and then a 3-0 lead in the final set tie-breaker.
Jarry had qualified for the tournament as a lucky loser, and then defeated Marcel Granollers in the first round to set up a meeting with Zverev, who had an opening bye. The German had taken a wild-card to feature at the Barcelona Open after a run of horrible form that has not seen him win two matches in a row since his Mexican Open final appearance.
And later he admitted he played badly, with tennis that was at a level he would like to forget. And then a shocking revelation, especially coming from the world number three about having no answers to his predicament.
“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.”
Jarry, who has beaten Marin Cilic last year in Shanghai and Dominic Thiem in Hamburg, was the second-favourite in this encounter by some distance but that did not deter him from getting past Zverev.
A lot was expected out of Zverev coming into this year after he won the ATP Finals last year by beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic but it’s all gone pear-shaped since. A fourth round defeat at the Australian Open was followed by bit of a respite in Acapulco but since then it’s not been a very happy place for the German.
Jarry will now take on Grigor Dimitrov in the third round today, while Kei Nishikori, who overcame American Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-2, will play Felix Auger-Aliassime in a mouth-watering clash.
Top seed Rafael Nadal needed three sets to defeat Leonardo Mayer earlier in the day.