Alexander Zverev crashed out of Munich this afternoon going down to teen Holger Rune 6-3, 6-2.
The 2-time champion and top-seeded Zverev just came off a Monte Carlo semifinal and expectations were high, but the 18-year-old came out ahead collecting his first career Top 10 win.
“It was a difficult match from the beginning,” said Rune on court. “He’s in the top three in the world and has been playing some unbelievable tennis, especially in the past year winning so many big titles. I have a lot of respect for him, and I obviously didn’t expect to win in two sets, and with a score like this. But it was a really hard match, we played a lot of rallies and I’m really happy about my performance today.”
Rune grabbed early breaks in both sets while Zverev was broken four times and he won just 53% of first serves.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the spectators, I’m sorry for the tournament,” Zverev told the press.
“If I try to find an excuse now, I’m not the smartest person in the world,” he said. “I was incredibly nervous today before the match. It was my first time in Germany in front of a crowd for years. I would have lost against anyone in the main draw today.”
Zverev will now focus on his title defense in Madrid next week.
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