Jannik Sinner beats Alexander Zverev to reach French Open last eight

  • Italian dismantles sixth seed 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
  • Zverev blames defeat on breathing problems and fever

Alexander Zverev has revealed that he competed while sick with breathing issues and fever during his 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 loss to Jannik Sinner of Italy in the Roland Garros fourth round. The 23-year-old received on-court treatment by a tournament doctor and he was pictured coughing after his first discussion with the medic while trailing 1-4 in the first set. He later said that he suffered a 38C fever on Saturday night, a possible symptom of Covid-19.

“What can I say? I’m completely sick,” he said in his post-match press conference. “I can’t really breathe, as you can hear by my voice. I had fever, you know, as well. Yeah, I’m not in the best physical state, I would say. I think that had a little bit of an effect on the match today.”

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