2020 ATP Finals

Zverev discusses defeat to Medvedev at 2020 ATP Finals

Alexander Zverev lost his opening group match to Daniil Medvedev and said "now I can't afford to lose". He plays Diego Schwartzman and Novak Djokovic next.

Alexander Zverev was in reflective mood after falling to defeat in his opening match at the ATP Finals in London. The German lost in 2 sets (6-3 6-4) to Daniil Medvedev in their first round robin match in Group 'Tokyo 1970'n (a nod to the first Masters held 50 years ago), which also features Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman (Djokovic won their match two sets to love).

Zverev: "Not good enough"

After the match Zverev admitted he'd been off the pace: "“All in all, it wasn't a good match for me. I think since the restart of the season, it was one of the worst ones. Credit to Daniil. He did what he needed to do. I mean, the underarm serve paid off for him. Great job to him… I think maybe he was a little bit nervous in the beginning, but then he picked up his level. But, yeah, it was not good enough to beat a Top 10 player today from my side.”

Zverev had followed Djokovic's easy-enough win over Schwartzman and said "Novak was Novak. He dominates." But the 23-year-old was quick to turn the focus back on himself: "I need to play better. I need to be better on court. Because if I play like today, I'm not going to win any matches here this week."

The top-ranked two from each group go into the semi-finals. The other group, called 'London 2020', features: Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.