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Zverev on Federer: 'Why Did I Even Come Here?'

Halle, Germany

Zverev© AFP/Getty ImagesMischa Zverev lost to Roger Federer 6-0, 6-0 in Halle Friday.

Wild card Mischa Zverev had no answers for five-time Halle champion Roger Federer in their quarter-final meeting at the Gerry Weber Open on Friday.

The German became the second player to be double-bageled by the 17-time major champion.

Assessing what went wrong, Zverev said, “With Federer, it’s like you’re at the net and you think ‘oh why did I even come here?’ Because his preparation for the shot is unbelievable. My coach said that with him, he’s always on the ground, he’s always stable, he’s never off balance and you cannot tell where the hell he’s going to hit the ball. So it was a disadvantage to come to the net today.

“His ball when it travels to the air it has so much stuff on it, like it just only goes through the air but it moves like left and right, it moves like a shank but it’s not a shank. You think it’s going to go long but it’s like two feet inside the baseline. His ball is just phenomenal. The worst is like when you’re at the net you cannot tell where he’s going to go. With most of the players, you can anticipate. Because of his [stance], he can go down the line or crosscourt. You think, ‘okay he went down the line most of the times, so let’s cover down the line.’”

Zverev also revealed his admiration for Federer, disclosing that he follows the Swiss superstar as often as he can.

“I’m a huge fan of Federer, I watch pretty much every match of his,” said Zverev. “When he loses, I never have a feeling he loses matches because he’s not good enough, it’s mainly because he’s either a little bit injured or it’s like a mental thing with him. So, I’m not saying he’s mentally weak (laughs). I’m just saying he’s a phenomenal player, he still is. He still has the game to beat anyone like easily.”

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