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Angry Zverev bows out to clinical Raonic

Australian Open 2019: Alexander Zverev loses to Milos Raonic in fouth round Australian Open fourth seed Alexander Zverev smashes racquet, bows out with loss to Milos Raonic
Andrew Wong | 21 January, 2019, 13:38

German prospect Alexander Zverev only managed to beat his racket on Monday as the highly-regarded fourth seed was dumped out of the Australian Open by big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in a surprisingly one-sided 6-1 6-1 7-6 (5) fourth round triumph.

After falling behind 4-1 in the second - losing 12 out of the previous 13 games - Zverev had just about had enough.

"It made me feel better". "I was very angry, so I let my anger out".

"Do you often smash your racquet at pivotal times?" the reporter asked an annoyed Zverev. "You should watch my matches", he smiled.

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Zverev got the inevitable warning for racket abuse, took a break at the end of the second set and returned from the locker room a much calmer, more composed player.

Showcasing his disappointment, Zverev added: "I mean, I played bad".

The 21-year-old's miserable slump in Slams means he has made it to just one quarter-final, at the French Open last year, in 15 appearances.

"In the third set I started to play a little bit better but, you know, it was a little bit too late already".

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Zverev has always been regarded as the leading representative of the next generation - he is the only active player other than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to have won three ATP Masters titles.

The 16th seed will face Croatia's Borna Coric or Frenchman Lucas Pouille next.

"Now I'm not happy, but I'm not depressed, either. I have learned to take tennis matches as tennis matches and not the end of the world".

"I have been struggling with my second serve the whole week". "I think it was pretty clear what was going on".

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