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July 7, 2018

Alexander Zverev

Wimbledon, London, England

E. GULBIS/A. Zverev

7-6, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You said yesterday you were not feeling very well. How were you today? Was your sickness a factor in the fifth set where you seemed very tired?
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: I felt fine. I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours. That probably had something to do with it.

I showed in Paris and other matches that I don't really get tired in five-set matches. Today I definitely did. It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set. There was no going back there for me.

Q. You hit a wall physically today?
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: Yeah, I think so. He played well. No doubt about it. He's playing well. The quallies and everything gave him a lot of confidence. He's won six matches now already. I actually thought I didn't play that bad.

I just started to feel very tired.

Q. How frustrating is it, given you looked to be playing very well? People thought you could make a run in this tournament. Luck played a part in you going out with the virus.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: Yeah, but it happens. This is sports. You can't really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I'm going to get out with a win. I thought that honestly.

I started actually off well. I had breakpoints in the beginning of the fourth. But things happen. It's not a secret in our sport. Unfortunately that's it for me for this year. But I'll be back. I'll do the best I can to prepare myself for the hard courts now.

Q. You got a code violation when the line judge came up to the chair umpire to report something. You seemed surprised by that.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: You just said it. He reported something he heard. You can ask him what he heard.

Q. Do you know what he heard?
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: You can ask him what he heard.

Q. I don't know him.

Q. Do you think you've progressed on grass at all this year?
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: I mean, as I said, for me, I thought I played well this week. I thought I played very well yesterday, the two sets. I thought I played okay today.

But, as I said, things happen. I was unlucky this week with a stomach bug. Now I'm just going to try to prepare myself the best I can.

Of course, I didn't have the preparation I had the last few years because I was injured in Paris. That kind of got me into the grass court season like that. I didn't really have a lot of time to play on the grass this year.

Q. Fourth set, 2-All, he fought hard. Do you think that might be a turning point for you?
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: Yeah, sure. That game can be a turning point.

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