Concern for Zverev over slow starts
Zverev has two victories from two sets down, most recently in the Roland-Garros first round against Oscar Otte, but the task was just too insurmountable on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Friday.
The German erased Tsitsipas’ strong opening to force a decider, only to succumb 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 to the No.5 seed.
“During this tournament, during the whole clay court season, I felt I was playing well enough to go deep. But at the end of the day it makes it extremely difficult if the guy has to win one set and you have to win three sets,” reflected the 24-year-old, champion at the Madrid Masters.
“I almost did it, but I got to start better. I got to be 100 per cent from the first point on.”
Zverev admitted his desire to win a maiden major clouded his ability to produce his best tennis.