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Navratilova Clarifies Zverev “Pat-a-Cake” Comment


By Erik Gudris

Alexander Zverev took exception to 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova after she described his tactics as “pat-a-cake” tennis during his quarterfinal win at the US Open.

Zverev defeated Borna Coric in a four-set victory that sent the German into the men’s semifinals. Yet, it was Zverev’s less than aggressive play during the first part of the match that led the Hall of Famer to use that phrase.

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The 23-year-old Zverev in his post-match press conference, defended his win and his record against top players.

“Maybe she should look at my record against the big guys," he said. “Maybe she should look that I'm positive against Roger (Federer). Maybe she should look that.”

“I’ve beaten Novak (Djokovic) on multiple occasions in big matches and finals. And I'm in the semi-finals, and sometimes not playing your best and finding a way is more important than playing your best.

“But she's a Grand Slam champion, as well, multiple Grand Slam champion, she's respected, but her opinion right now does not matter to me,” Zverev added.








Navratilova clarified her comments on Twitter by saying they were taken out of context when Zverev was asked about them during his press conference.

Zverev will face Pablo Carreno Busta in the men’s semifinals on Friday.


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