After having been favored to make the US Open final once Andy Murray withdrew, Alexander Zverev fell flat Wednesday losing to fellow 20-year-old Borna Coric in four sets 36, 75, 76(1), 76(4).
Zverev, who had won 10 of 11 matches over the summer, was just 1/11 on break points and hit 58 unforced errors to 43 winners.
“It’s upsetting,” Zverev said. “Today was upsetting. The way I played was upsetting. The tournament so far is upsetting for me. I know that I could have done some big things here. I know that I could have done something that I haven’t done before. But I won’t. It’s just as simple as that.”
Zverev felt he belonged in the discussion to win the title, but it just didn’t work out that way after a very good summer.
“I took time off after Cincinnati,” he said. “Physically I’m fine. I just played very, very bad in the second and third set. I should have won the third. I definitely should have won the fourth.
“But, you know, it’s upsetting because the draw is pretty open in the bottom part. I felt like I should have been the favored there. You know, I just played a very, very bad match, so it’s unfortunate. But that’s how it is.”
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