Alexander Zverev slammed organisers after losing the final of the Madrid Masters to Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday.
“The scheduling needs to be done better… Yesterday (Saturday) I started my match at 11.00pm. I played three sets. Finished at 1.30,” Zverev told reporters after the straight sets loss.
The German had battled past Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the semi-final on Saturday.
“Until I get back to the hotel, until I eat, until I do my work with the physio because I have to prepare my body for the next day, it’s 5.00 am.
“If you stay up until 4-5am, the next day you are tired. If you do it two nights in a row, you are completely dead. You will not be able to do physical activity at a maximum level.”
Zverev said he was upset as the final had lost its sheen as a result since fans expected an even contest, even though the majority were rooting for the home favourite Alcaraz.
The 19-year-old continued his sensational season with his second Masters win.
The Madrid title triumph also saw him rise to a career-high of No 6 in the world.