MADRID (AP) — Alexander Zverev criticized the ATP Tour for its scheduling of late-night matches and said he was at a disadvantage in Sunday's final against Carlos Alcaraz at the Madrid Open.
The third-ranked Zverev was overpowered by the 19-year-old Spaniard in straight sets.
Zverev conceded that he probably would have lost to Alcaraz even if he was "fresh," but said that at least it would have been a "better final" if he hadn't had to go to bed after 4 a.m. local time in the previous nights.
He said it's a problem that has been happening on a weekly basis and he was getting "tired of it," adding that the tour needs to do better to avoid being unfair with players.
"The ATP's job was an absolute disgrace this week," Zverev said. "To play a final against Carlos Alcaraz, who for me is the best player in the world right now, in a Masters 1000 event ... it is difficult. I had no coordination today. I had no coordination on my serve, I had no coordination on my groundstrokes. I missed two overheads that were super easy because I see the ball and everything is moving in my eyes."