Australian Open 2019: Racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev crashes out in fourth round

first_imgMilos Raonic has beaten racket-smashing No. 4-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) on his fourth match point to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals for the fourth time.The big-serving Canadian had his serve broken in the opening game but responded by winning the next eight games to go up a break in the second set. After falling behind 4-1 in the second, Zverev had just about enough.The 21-year-old German sat down in his courtside chair and destroyed his racket by whacking it against the ground eight times — and then tossing it aside.He was warned for racket abuse after the display and, after dropping the set two games later, he left the court and went to the locker room.Frustration level #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7ThmuvoRzo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019When he returned, he only dropped one point on his serve until the eighth game, but suddenly things went haywire again when he faced two match points. Zverev composed himself to save those two break points and led in the tiebreaker until Raonic went on a roll.From 3-1 down, Raonic rallied to get to 6-4 and missed one more match point before finally converting.Bravo, @milosraonic!#Raonic books a ninth Grand Slam quarterfinal, extending his own record for the most major quarterfinals reached by a Canadian player man or woman in history.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/X9ulsjd2ag#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The 2016 Wimbledon runner-up will face either No. 11 Borna Coric or No. 28 Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals.advertisementAlso Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe at Australian OpenI lost to a better player: Roger Federer after Also Read | shock defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipaslast_img read more

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