Alexander Zverev pledged to bounce back from his bitterly disappointing loss in the last of the USA Open on Sunday to capture a Grand Slam at some point. The 23-year-old German went two sets and a break up in his first Grand Slam last before losing in five sets to Austria’s Dominic Thiem. “I used to be super near to being a Grand Slam champion. I used to be a couple of games absent, perhaps a couple of points absent,” a dejected Zverev told reporters. “For me what upset me the most isn’t the third set, it is the fifth set,” when he used to be serving for the championship at 5-3.
“I had numerous chances in the fifth set and didn’t use them,” he added.
The second one seeded Thiem whip the fifth seed Zverev 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) in 4hr 2min.
It used to be the first time in the USA Open’s Open era history that a player had retrieved from losing the opening two sets to win the title.
It used to be also the first time the last had been settled by a tie-break.
Zverev said it hurt to lose in the manner he did.
“Obviously being two sets to love and a break up in a Grand Slam last then losing isn’t easy,” he told reporters.
Zverev’s debut appearance in the last-two of a tennis major came after he reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year.
Zverev said the rawness of the Flushing Meadows defeat meant it used to be too soon to say if he had taken any positives from going a step further.
“That question is probably two, three days too early to ask presently,” he said.
But the German, who came into the tournament ranked seventh on this planet, added that he used to be certain he would capture a tennis major at some point.
“I’m 23 years old. I do not believe it’s my final chance. I do imagine that I can be a Grand Slam champion someday,” he said.
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