Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco stunned ninth seed Alexander Zverev in the 1st round of French Open 2017 on Tuesday, eliminating the Italian Open champion in 4 sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 after the match was suspended overnight after a long debate between players and umpire on Monday.
Instead of pushing to play on on Monday evening, Zverev agreed to Verdasco’s request to call a halt shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time. The crowd’s frustration was understandable when the play was suspended as it wasn’t all that dark. The Officials and umpire have decided to stop the play on Monday.
After resuming the play with both players winning a set on Monday, Verdasco broke Zverev twice to clinch the third set before the German collapsed in the fourth. Zverev absolutely had no answers to Verdasco’s punishing ground strokes.
‘I played absolute sh*t,’ he said after the defeat.
‘That made the difference – it’s quite simple. He played very well. He played very smart as well – he pushed me back a lot. I didn’t feel the ball on my racquet a lot. It was myself. It was all me more than anything or anyone.’
“There are no regrets. I mean, what can you do? In Rome I played fantastic, I won the tournament. Here I played bad, I lost first round,” said Zverev. That’s the way it goes. I’ll prepare the best I can for grass.”
“But the world doesn’t stop now. I mean, I’m still number four in the race to London and I’m still doing okay this year.”