MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alexander Zverev has long been touted as a future Grand Slam champion. The problem is he can’t seem to get anywhere near the second week of a major, let alone contend for one.
The fourth-seeded Zverev made yet another puzzling early exit at a Grand Slam tournament, dropping 12 of the final 15 games in a 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 loss to fellow rising star Hyeon Chung in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.
The 20-year-old German player won five ATP tournaments last year, second only to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but has only reached the fourth round of a major once — at last year’s Wimbledon — and has never gone beyond.
More troubling, Zverev has notched multiple wins over top-10 players like Federer, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka at regular ATP tournaments, but has never…