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Alexander Zverev: ‘You cannot buy history with money’

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Alexander Zverev was delighted with his Davis Cup performance against Stan Wawrinka, describing it as his best performance since returning from a lengthy injury break. Before his audience in Trier, Zverev beat Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 to tie the Davis Cup tie between Germany and Switzerland to one victory apiece after the first day. In the first match of the tie, Marc-Andrea Huesler prevailed over Oscar Otte to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead. Zverev beat Wawrinka to keep Germany alive. “I think it’s important to go into tomorrow’s tie 1-1 [on the scoreboard]. Obviously, I’m very happy with my game. I think it was the best game since my injury. He is being positive and I look forward to further progress,” Zverev stated, according to the Davis Cup website. After winning the first set, Zverev dominated the second to complete a straight sets victory. “I think I played a lot more aggressive and maybe Stan’s spirit dropped a bit, but in the end I raised my level and I’m very happy with that,” Zverev added. The first break of the match came in the fourth game, when Zverev broke Wawrinka to open up a 3-1 lead. With a break behind, Wawrinka was quick to react and returned the break to Zverev in the fifth game. In the tenth game, when Wawrinka served to hold in the first set, Zverev broke the Swiss and claimed the first set. Losing the first set like this proved devastating for Wawrinka, who didn’t have much of a choice in the second set. Zverev and Wawrinka tied at one game in the second set, before the German made two consecutive breaks and won five games in a row to assert himself with authority. Alexander Zverev is resuming the best competition rhythm after overcoming the hard moment he experienced last year with the ankle injury.

Alexander Zverev slams Gerard Piqué

Asked before his match won against Stan Wawrinka in the Davis Cup qualifying round between Germany and Switzerland, Alexander Zverev did not fail to address a nice little tackle to Kosmos and his boss, Gerard Piqué, to the disastrous handling of the Davis Cup since the format was overhauled in 2019. “You cannot buy history with money. Sport lives on emotions and the Davis Cup has always been a competition where the greatest emotions are experienced, the most beautiful atmosphere. We could see that the new format did not work. There is a real need to play games at home and away.”

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