Germany’s Alexander Zverev insists he is already focused on the Miami Open after being eliminated from Indian Wells on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old was one of the favourites for the tournament but he fell ill during his defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff.
The world number three never got going against his countryman and he looked a shadow of his former self.
He was comfortably beaten 6-3 6-1 by the world number 55 and Zverev’s illness comes just 24 hours after Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from her match citing “extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue”.
Anastasija Sevastova also blamed illness for her defeat to Anett Kontaveit. Sevastova as she withdrew at 5-0 behind with a “viral” condition. With the tournaments coming thick and fast, Zverev admits his mission is now to get ready for Miami.
Zverev said in his post-match interview: “I have been sick for a week. That hasn’t changed unfortunately.
“I think I just got unlucky, got a virus somewhere and that’s how it is. “Now it’s about getting healthy and about recovering and preparing myself for Miami, because Miami is a tournament I do well in.”
Novak Djokovic’s third-round battle against Philipp Kohlschreiber was suspended after just one game due to adverse weather, while Milos Raonic avoided an upset by beating world number 217 Marcos Giron 4-6 6-4 6-4.
Raonic will now take on Struff on Wednesday, with the latter 2.88 to win and Raonic the 1.40 favourite.