Alexander Zverev smashes racquet as the new bad-boy of tennis goes into meltdown during Juan Martin del Potro defeat – The Sun

ALEXANDER ZVEREV confirmed his status as the new bad boy of tennis with an explosive display of racquet smashing in Shanghai.

German youngster Zverev is one of the rising stars on the tennis circuit after storming up the world rankings to number four  at the age of 20.

 Alexander Zverev stamps on his racquet after he had smashed it to the floor

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Alexander Zverev stamps on his racquet after he had smashed it to the floor
 Zverev then takes out his anger on a waster bin as he hads to his seat

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Zverev then takes out his anger on a waster bin as he hads to his seat

But the 6ft 5in star is also gaining a reputation for struggling to control his temper with a series of on-court outbursts.

And his latest is sure to land him in trouble with tournament organisers after he suffered a meltdown on the way to a Shanghai Masters exit to Juan Martin del Potro.

Zverev was hoping to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the big tournament in China against Argentine veteran Del Potro.
And all was going well as he took the first set comfortably 6-4 as he chased his sixth title of the year.

 The smashed racquet was thrown into the crowd

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The smashed racquet was thrown into the crowd
 The fan showed off the shattered, broken and bent racquet

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The fan showed off the shattered, broken and bent racquet
 A close-up for the damage done to the racquet by the incredible outburst

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A close-up for the damage done to the racquet by the incredible outburst
 Alexander Zverev throws his broken equipment in the bin

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Alexander Zverev throws his broken equipment in the bin
 The German world number four struggles to contain his anger in his seat

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The German world number four struggles to contain his anger in his seat

But Del Potro levelled by taking the second set on a tie-brack, and when the 29-year-old secured a break of serve in the decider the red midst descended on Zverev.

The giant German smashes his racquet to the floor before trying to stamp on it in frotn of a stunned crowd.

With his equipment badly damaged he then walked to his seat before smashing it against a waste bin by the umpire twice for good measure.

With his concentration clearly shot there was nothing the youngster could do to turn his fortunes around, and Del Potro went on to take the decider 6-4.

 Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after beating Alexander Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters

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Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after beating Alexander Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters

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