What do you do when your are struggling with unforced errors and trailing in Grand Slam match? Well, for 19-year-old German, Alexander Zverev, the remedy was quite simple. He took matters into his own hands and smashed his racket twice into the Hisense Arena ground at the start of the fourth set in his Australian Open first round clash with Robin Haase on Tuesday.
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It worked. The cathartic release ended a flurry of unforced errors and double faults flying off his racket and enabled him to fight back and advance to the second round with a 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 29-year-old Dutchman.
"I think letting my frustration out in the beginning of the fourth helped me a little bit," Zverev told reporters. "Sometimes you just have to let go."
Racket-breaking does it for Zverev!
Prior to that outburst, Zverev, considered one of the best players among the 'Generation Next' of athletes on the men's circuit, had been facing the real possibility of an early exit after he lost the second and third sets and been broken early in the fourth.
(With inputs from Reuters)