Alexander Zverev: I played awful, I don't deserve to be No. 1 if I play like that

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Alexander Zverev: I played awful, I don't deserve to be No. 1 if I play like that

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev blasted his Australian Open round-of-16 performance as he said he can't become a world No. 1 playing like that. On Saturday, Zverev suffered a shock loss as Denis Shapovalov beat the German 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3.

“I mean, look, I obviously, I give credit to Denis,” Zverev told reporters, per Tennis Majors. “It’s incredible he’s in the quarters. I think he deserves it. He’s done a lot of work. He’s improved his game.

But I’ve got to look at myself, as well. Today was just, yeah, today was just, in my opinion, awful from my side”.

Zverev not happy with his previous performances either

En route to making the Australian Open round-of-16, Zverev claimed straight-set wins over Daniel Altmaier, John Millman and Radu Albot.

“I was playing bad the whole week, to be honest,” Zverev said. “I didn’t think I was playing that great. Except against John Millman, maybe I had a good match, but the other two matches weren’t great either.

It’s very different also playing during the day and during the night here. I think that didn’t help me in a way, as well. There is no excuses. “At the end of the day, I’ve got to do better. I came here with a goal to win, and maybe to become No.

1 and all that. But if I play like that, I don’t deserve it. It’s as simple as that. I think after a match like this, it’s very silly to talk about it. I think I need to figure myself out first”. Zverev came to the Australian Open determined to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.

“Sascha’s dream of being No 1 in the world after Australian Open now is over. He has to think about what happened there. He was brimming with confidence before but something has happened from Australia these past few weeks," former world No. 1 Boris Becker said after Zverev's shock defeat.