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Saturday, 19 January 2019

German 'asparagus' sends Bolt packing


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Alex Bolt's shock run at the Australian Open hit a road-block on Saturday night in the form of world No.4 Alexander Zverev.

The wild-haired South Australian wildcard couldn't match the German star in their third round meeting on Rod Laver Arena, falling 6-3 6-3 6-2.

Zverev, 21, next faces 16th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who earlier had a straight sets win over Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

Ranked world No.155, Bolt wasn't in the same league as Zverev, who is leading the charge of Generation Next.

Alexander Zverev

But the 26-year-old, who walked away from tennis for nine months three years ago, had plenty to be proud of.

Bolt captured the public's imagination in a rousing five-set win over former world No.6 Gilles Simon that followed a maiden grand slam victory in round one.

He produced some clever serving, including nine serve-volleys, to keep Zverev on his toes and pulled off some big forehand winners

But too often Bolt let himself down with unforced errors - 38 for the match - to take the pressure off the lanky German.

Alex Bolt

Zverev said he was surprised by Bolt's power game and predicted he could quickly move into the top 100.

On the back of his Australia Open heroics he will climb to 127.

"He is someone with unbelievable power, and I was surprised actually how much power he has, especially in the cold conditions," Zverev said.

"He has played an unbelievable tournament and I think if he continues playing the way he is playing, he will be top 100, top 50 maybe."

Zverev also revealed he'd put on 15 kilograms since working with renowned fitness trainer Jez Green.

Green worked for many years with former world No.1 Andy Murray.

Zvererv, 21, joked that no-one had noticed his weight gain - now 90kg - on his 198cm frame.

"I'm disappointed - I'm still the skinny dude on tour, even though I put on about 15kg," Zverev told Jim Courier during their on-court post-match interview.

"When he (Green) started working with Andy, you can actually see he became one of the strongest dudes on tour, whereas I'm still looking like ... I have been called asparagus or something a few times."

Courier suggested Zverev adopt Nadal's trademark sleeveless shirt for his round four clash with Milos Raonic to show off is muscles but the German didn't think it would have the same affect.

"Who is gonna be scared of that? Rafa puts that on it is intimidating but everybody might start laughing so I will keep away from the sleeveless," he said.

Alex Bolt's shock run at the Australian Open hit a road-block on Saturday night in the form of world No.4 Alexander Zverev.

The wild-haired South Australian wildcard couldn't match the German star in their third round meeting on Rod Laver Arena, falling 6-3 6-3 6-2.

Zverev, 21, next faces 16th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who earlier had a straight sets win over Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

Ranked world No.155, Bolt wasn't in the same league as Zverev, who is leading the charge of Generation Next.

Alexander Zverev

But the 26-year-old, who walked away from tennis for nine months three years ago, had plenty to be proud of.

Bolt captured the public's imagination in a rousing five-set win over former world No.6 Gilles Simon that followed a maiden grand slam victory in round one.

He produced some clever serving, including nine serve-volleys, to keep Zverev on his toes and pulled off some big forehand winners

But too often Bolt let himself down with unforced errors - 38 for the match - to take the pressure off the lanky German.

Alex Bolt

Zverev said he was surprised by Bolt's power game and predicted he could quickly move into the top 100.

On the back of his Australia Open heroics he will climb to 127.

"He is someone with unbelievable power, and I was surprised actually how much power he has, especially in the cold conditions," Zverev said.

"He has played an unbelievable tournament and I think if he continues playing the way he is playing, he will be top 100, top 50 maybe."

Zverev also revealed he'd put on 15 kilograms since working with renowned fitness trainer Jez Green.

Green worked for many years with former world No.1 Andy Murray.

Zvererv, 21, joked that no-one had noticed his weight gain - now 90kg - on his 198cm frame.

"I'm disappointed - I'm still the skinny dude on tour, even though I put on about 15kg," Zverev told Jim Courier during their on-court post-match interview.

"When he (Green) started working with Andy, you can actually see he became one of the strongest dudes on tour, whereas I'm still looking like ... I have been called asparagus or something a few times."

Courier suggested Zverev adopt Nadal's trademark sleeveless shirt for his round four clash with Milos Raonic to show off is muscles but the German didn't think it would have the same affect.

"Who is gonna be scared of that? Rafa puts that on it is intimidating but everybody might start laughing so I will keep away from the sleeveless," he said.

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