Zverev destroys racquet in Aus Open meltdown

Alexander Zverev self-destructed in his straight-sets loss to Milos Raonic in the Australian Open last 16.

World number four Alexander Zverev smashes his racquet in Melbourne   -  Getty Images

World number four Alexander Zverev crashed out of the Australian Open on Monday, but not before he completely smashed his racquet in Melbourne.

Zverev's grand slam woes continued as the talented German capitulated to 6-1 6-1 7-6 (7-5) defeat against Milos Raonic in the round of 16.

The defeat – meaning Zverev has never progressed beyond the quarterfinals of a slam – was too much for the 21-year-old, who destroyed his racquet in an epic meltdown at the change of ends in the second set.

"It made me feel better. I was very angry, so I let my anger out," Zverev said of the incident during his post-match news conference.

Asked by one reporter if he often smashes racquets, Zverev replied: "You never watched my matches? You should watch my matches."