Alexander Zverev, the Olympic champion, has dodged a probable second-round elimination at the French Open. The world number three beat Argentine Sebastián Báez 2:6, 4:6, 6:1, 6:2, and 7:5 after a considerable improvement in performance from the third set. Baez dominated the action virtually at whim in the opening two sets, but Zverev then improved significantly and played more aggressively. The fifth set was really competitive. Despite fending off a match ball, Zverev won.
However, The Court Philippe-Chatrier audience booed Alexander Zverev as he yelled at his teammates after hitting the first double fault of his match against Sebastian Baez. The third seed had already down a set to the world No 36, and his double fault in the first game of the second set cost him a break of service.
The Crowd booed Alexander Zverev for his disrespectful gesture
After double-faulting to trail by a set and break in his second round at the French Open, Zverev yelled at his staff, including his father Alexander Zverev Senior and new coach Sergi Bruguera. Last year’s semi-finalist had lost the first set 6-2 and was expecting to get on the board early in the second, but he was furious at his teammates when he gifted his opponent a break of serve to extend his lead.
Following the conclusion of the first game, both players moved to change sides, but the German did not stop at his bench, instead of shrugging at his coaching staff and shouting at them as he neared the side of the court where they were sitting. The fans, meanwhile, did not like Zverev’s reaction, booed him for yelling at his teammates and things got even worse for the 25-year-old, who dropped the next three games to fall down 0-4 in the second set and face breakpoints to fall farther behind for 0-5 and give Baez the chance to serve out a bagel set.
After saving three break points to get on the board at 1-4, Alexander Zverev recovered one of the breaks and won three straight games to close the gap to 3-4, but the Argentine still managed to close out the set at 6-4, forcing the German to mount a five-set come back if he wanted to advance to the next round.