Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, listening to his mother, will no longer tear Stefanos Sisipas when the bathroom is broken. Instead, he can talk about his dominance at the US Open.
The 24-year-old German fourth seed fired 33 axes, beating 33rd-ranked Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in just 74 minutes.
“I got to watch a Mets game tonight,” the New York baseball team said while playing a home game on the subway line from the National Tennis Center.
“Once the match got in my way, I tried to play as fast as I could. I tried not to give him time. I tried to move on.
Xavier could not resist stepping into the controversial extended toilet tours of Greek third seed Tsitsipas, but never mentioned his name.
“Look, I mean, sorry, my mom is calling me,” he said. “I’m not going to say bad things about anyone anymore, because I’ve been talked about for a long time and it’s not a good feeling. I don’t want to do that.
“I think the ATP needs to make some adjustments to some of the rules.
“I don’t want to be negative anymore. I don’t know what else to add.”
Rivals Xavier and Andy Murray mocked Tsitsipas’ trademark long bathroom break, most recently in a four-seat victory over Adrian Manarino. He left the Frenchman after waiting eight minutes, then won the final set.
“I saw him go again,” Xavier said. “You guys can’t even imagine how we get him as a player, and then he wins the next set 6-0 because I think Manarino’s back has gotten a little stiff.
“In professional sports, in six, seven minutes, in a very intense match, your body cools down. It’s very difficult to come back and play at the same level as you did, if you just sat for six, seven. Yes, eight, nine or 10 plus minutes. “
Zverev is out of court early this week, a good sign he wants to win his first Grand Slam title.
“It has always been my problem at the beginning of my career that I always spent a lot of time at the start of Grand Slam tournaments,” Xavier said. “I’m in the third round now. I’m looking forward to what’s next.”
It’s probably going to depend on his powerful service.
“My service is probably the most important shot of my game and I’m happy with how it works,” he said. Matches will not be easy and I will need to be his weapon.
Xavier has found a mindset since defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the Olympic semifinals, refusing to give the Serbian star a chance at the Golden Slam with four Slam titles and Olympic gold, and then two weeks later the title. Followed up with First in Cincinnati.
“For me, it started with the match against the Olympics and Novak,” Xavier said.
“Also, it was very important for me to back it up in Cincinnati, because often athletes win something big like a Grand Slam title or a gold medal for the first time in their careers.
“So I had to go to Cincinnati, to a place where I had never won a match before this year, and had a good tournament.”