“Absolutely on the List”: Tennis Legend on Alexander Zverev Winning French Open 2021

Published 05/14/2021, 4:07 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates winning his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Sergio Perez


World No. 6 Alexander Zverev recently made a phenomenal comeback against Kei Nishikori at the Italian Open 2021. The German lost the first set and was even trailing in the other two but went on to defeat the Japanese player. The final scoreline of the match was 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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Alexander Zverev has been playing amazingly well in the 2021 clay-court season. He recently won the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 after defeating the ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the quarters of the tournament.

In a recent interview, tennis legend Boris Becker claimed that Zverev can go on to win the French Open 2021 title this year. He mentioned that it’ll depend on the German’s physique and the opponents he faces. However, Becker looked certain and stated that Zverev will surely begin as one of the favorites at Roland Garros this year.

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Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his third-round match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“A question of little things, like the draw or the physique – how do you survive the first round, who is the first high-ranked opponent? All of that play a role, but I have him absolutely on the list that he [can win Paris],” said the former World No. 1 player.

(Translated by Google Translate)

Unlike last year, Zverev has been in superb form since the beginning of the clay-court season this year. In 2020, it was the rising star Jannik Sinner who knocked him out of the French Open in the fourth round.

Who else can win the French Open 2021 other than Alexander Zverev?

Other than Zverev, Becker also disclosed the names of other tennis superstars who can win the French Open title this year. With Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer not in their top form, Becker believes a player from the next-gen can conquer Paris in 2021.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his semi-final match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Albert Gea

“I think Tsitsipas is very strong, I think Rublev is very strong. Thiem is not yet in good shape for me. Something is not quite right there. Djokovic lost early in Monte-Carlo and in Belgrade. He’s not on his either. The tournament in Rome is extremely important for him,” added the 6-time Grand Slam champion.

Becker reflected that Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev are also strong contenders at the French Open this time. He also highlighted that World No. 4 Dominic Thiem is not in his best form at the moment.

Alexander Zverev will play against Rafael Nadal in the quarters of the Italian Open today. While Rafa will look to take revenge for his last defeat, Zverev will try to extend his dominance over the Spaniard. Will Zverev be able to win yet another Masters tournament before Roland Garros 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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