‘Not even Zverev’s mother would put him above Nadal with a straight face’ – Alexander Zverev claims he could have won the French Open if he hadn’t injured himself, letting tennis fans down

Alexander Zverev recently announced the release of his documentary “Zverev: The Unfinished One” – translated as “Zverev: The Unfinished One”. The documentary follows his journey following his injury in the 2022 French Open semifinals and eventual comeback.

The German shared a half-minute clip on social media as a preview of the documentary, which began with some of his childhood memories of picking up the bat. It also featured Novak Djokovic speaking about the German and ended with Zverev feeling devastated after his injury at Roland Garros that left him out of action for almost a year.

“I’m missing two things: World No. 1 and a Grand Slam, and I could have done everything in that one week. But the first was, ‘Is my career over now?’” he said at the end of the tournament video post.

Tennis fans took to Twitter to react to the world No. 14’s post, with many angered by his acceptance. At the time of the injury, he had lost a set against 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, with the second set going into a tiebreak.

Tennis blogger and journalist Scott Barclay opined that the 14-time French Open champion would have won the match regardless of Zverev’s physical condition. He wrote:

“My controversial opinion is that Nadal would have won it even if Zverev hadn’t injured himself in that match.”

My controversial opinion is that even if Zverev hadn’t injured himself in that match, Nadal would still have won it.

My controversial opinion is that even if Zverev hadn’t injured himself in that match, Nadal would still have won it.

Another fan agreed, adding that Zverev’s record against the top 10 players at Grand Slams is concrete proof that Nadal would lose the match.

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“It shouldn’t be controversial at all? Zverev peaked in the first set and still swallowed it and people think Mr. 1-12 vs Top 10 at Grand Slams would beat Nadal to Chatrier????????? ?” a fan posted.

@BarclayCard18 it shouldn’t be controversial at all? zverev peaked in the first set still choking it away and people think mr 1-12 vs top 10 at grand slams would beat nadal on chatrier?????????

@BarclayCard18 it shouldn’t be controversial at all? zverev peaked in the first set still choking it away and people think mr 1-12 vs top 10 at grand slams would beat nadal on chatrier?????????

Here are a few more reactions:

@BarclayCard18 Not disputed, Nadal has only lost 1 game in 100 after winning the 1st set at RG and that is 2021 SF vs Novak. To think that such a rare event would happen again is absurd

@BarclayCard18 Not disputed, Nadal has only lost 1 game in 100 after winning the 1st set at RG and that is 2021 SF vs Novak. To think that such a rare event would happen again is absurd

One thing about this abuser he will turn off at an important moment. Yup Nadal still won the French Open semifinals with or without Zverev breaking that foot sksksk

One thing about this abuser he will turn off at an important moment. Yup Nadal still won the French Open semifinals with or without Zverev breaking that foot sksksk

@BarclayCard18 …. Nadal winning a set-up at Roland Garros is controversial, where?

@BarclayCard18 …. Nadal winning a set-up at Roland Garros is controversial, where?

@BarclayCard18 Why is this even controversial? Just ridiculous how many want to believe that Zverev would have won after one set. Especially after the way Rafa won the first.

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@BarclayCard18 Why is this even controversial? Just ridiculous how many want to believe that Zverev would have won after one set. Especially after the way Rafa won the first.

@BarclayCard18 I think it was controversial to think that Zverev would have beaten Nadal that day. He had so many chances and every time Nadal won the important points.

@BarclayCard18 I think it was controversial to think that Zverev would have beaten Nadal that day. He had so many chances and every time Nadal won the important points.

@BarclayCard18 Lol controversial would be to think Zverev beat Rafa, Zverev lost by 4 sets at best. Only thing that would have tired Rafa a bit for the final but it would have been so ruud there that it would have been manageable

@BarclayCard18 Lol controversial would be to think Zverev beat Rafa, Zverev lost by 4 sets at best. Only thing that would have tired Rafa a bit for the final but it would have been so ruud there that it would have been manageable

@BarclayCard18 Even though Zverev was definitely ahead at that point in the game, Rafa would still have found a way. It’s Roland Garros! His home. He did the impossible at AO lol under much worse conditions. It probably would have been a 5-set loss for AZ anyway.

@BarclayCard18 Even though Zverev was definitely ahead at that point in the game, Rafa would still have found a way. It’s Roland Garros! His home. He did the impossible at AO lol under much worse conditions. It probably would have been a 5-set loss for AZ anyway.

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@BarclayCard18 Not even Zverev’s mother would seriously put him above Rafa at Roland Garros. It’s Raffa. At Roland Garros.

@BarclayCard18 Not even Zverev’s mother would seriously put him above Rafa at Roland Garros. It’s Raffa. At Roland Garros.

Alexander Zverev describes the injury setback and his fight for a comeback in a new documentary

Alexander Zverev in action at Indian Wells 2023

The documentary about Alexander Zverev already mentioned will be available on the RTL+ streaming service from Sunday, March 19.

The documentary’s camera crew have followed the German closely after his injury at the French Open, highlighting the doubts and fears he faced about his possible inability to play professionally and the mental toughness it took to make his comeback.

“My story. My travel. my comeback The new documentary starts tomorrow on @rtlplus,” Zverve posted along with the teaser of the documentary.

The Olympic gold medalist had previously opened up about his struggles with type 1 diabetes and how it made his decision to have surgery particularly difficult. At a gala in Hamburg for the Alexander Zverev Foundation, which helps diabetic athletes, Zverev shared his own experiences.

“My biggest fear is always that I won’t be able to fulfill my childhood dream,” he said. “The injury gave me a chance to realize that there’s a lot more out there than just tennis.”

In the documentary, Zverev’s friends and family also tell stories about the 19-time ATP title winner.

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