German superstar Alexander Zverev hit out at the Roland-Garros scheduling despite enjoying a comfortable straight-sets fourth-round win against Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
Zverev, who will now face another Spaniard in teen star Carlos Alcaraz, suggested his upcoming opponent “gets what he wants”.
The world No.3 said it didn’t make sense to him that No.6-ranked Alcaraz was receiving the same treatment as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, with the teen star having played three of his four matches on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland-Garros’ main show court.
He said playing on the tournament’s biggest stage is “completely different” to any other court.
“We [Carlos Alcaraz and myself] have Novak and Rafael on our side of the tournament. And it is normal, if they are on your side of the tournament they get what they want, and that’s okay. One of them won 20 Grand Slams, the other 21. And that is proper. That is totally fine for me,” Zverev told Eurosport Germany.
“But it is very interesting to see that Alcaraz gets what he wants. We all have played a couple of times on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Myself three times, Novak twice, even Rafa. But Alcaraz plays every match on Philippe-Chatrier.
“I get that he is the exciting new mega-talent in tennis. I am still the No.3 in the world, but this is nothing about me.
“We have Rafa and Novak on our side of the tournament and they need to make room, so that somebody else can play on the main court that hasn’t already multiple times.
“This is extremely interesting for me.”
Zverev has played just one match on Court Philippe Chatrier through his four matches.
Zverev will face Alcaraz on the main court on Tuesday night.