Alexander Zverev, of Germany, lies on the court after failing to return a shot to Borna Coric, of Croatia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York.
The 20-year-old German is the highest-ranked man to exit Flushing Meadows so far and what bothered him so much was not merely that he didn’t play well but that there was a real opportunity for him to have a true Grand Slam breakthrough.
Because of the injury withdrawals by past champions Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, Zverev was the highest-seeded man on the bottom side of the U.S. Open bracket.
He is widely considered the Next Big Thing in the sport, by virtue of his success outside of the majors: He has won five titles in 2017, including a pair of Masters tournaments.
23 Mischa, did make it to the third round in New York by eliminating Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 7-5 — was asked what he would need to happen for him to consider the rest of this season a success.
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