VIDEO: Alexander Zverev bangs racquet twice during thrilling Australian Open win

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 | 0

Alexander Zverev survived an early scare at the Australian Open 2017 as he dug deep to prevail 6-2 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-2 over Dutchman Robin Haase in the first-round encounter on Tuesday.

Zverev, the 24th seed, squandered a service break early in the fourth set. He, then, let his frustration out, banging his racquet twice onto the court before disposing it off and taking a new one.

It, however, helped him regain his composure as the 19-year-old German dominated the proceeding thereafter, going on to pull off the two-hour and 54-minute battle on the Hisense Arena.

“Letting my frustration out at the beginning of the fourth helped me a little bit,” Zverev said, as quoted by CourierMail. “Sometimes you just have to let go,” he continued.

“Then obviously getting that break back in the fourth set, I really felt like I could still do it. You’re down two sets to one and 2-0 and 15-40 on your serve – there are thoughts going through your head. But I knew I had to keep playing.”

This is not the first time that Zverev’s racquet had to bear the brunt of his performance. The youngster had lost his cool during his loss to French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Shanghai Masters in October last year.

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