After a shock quarter-final defeat by American Taylor Fritz on Friday, Olympic champion Alexander Zverev said he blew the chance to win the Indian Wells tournament and expressed his desire to return home.
Zverev, who was seeking for his third ATP Masters 1000 championship of the season, was defeated 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) in the California desert by Fritz, who came back from a 2-5 deficit in the fourth set and saved two match points to stun the German.
Fritz will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semi-finals after the Georgian defeated second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 on Friday.
“Today was just not really my day, to be honest. I was close to winning, but the level of tennis was just not quite there for me,” world number four Zverev told reporters.
“Today mentally is not easy for me. My next tournament is in Vienna. Hoping I can deal with it well there, but right now I just want to go home.
“It was a very long season. I have played well. But this one hurts because I knew that after Stefanos lost this morning, I was kind of the favourite to win this tournament, but my tennis wasn’t there yet.”
Zverev came into the match well-prepared and in good form, having won 20 of his previous 21 matches on hard courts.Internet Explorer Channel Network