Alexander Zverev Believes Absence of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic Won’t Make Miami Open 2021 Any Less Challenging

Published 03/21/2021, 5:09 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates with the trophy after winning the Mexican Open REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo


World No.7 Alexander Zverev recently emerged as the winner of the Mexican Open 2021. In an exciting contest, he defeated the top-seeded player Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to win his first title of the season. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 7-6(3).

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Alexander Zverev will now be playing at the Miami Open 2021 starting this week. The German player will be starting the tournament as the third-seeded player after Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Fans are quite disappointed that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Dominic Thiem are not playing at the Miami Open this year. Zverev too expressed his opinion on the same and mulled on what it would be like to play in a big tournament like Miami Open without the Big Three.

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“[There are] still a lot of great players to beat. You can’t really say that just because those three guys (Big Three) are not there, it’s going to be an easy tournament to anyone,” said Zverev in a recent interview.

Zverev clearly believes that although the Big Three are not playing in Miami, it’ll still be a difficult tournament. He claims that there are still a lot of great players playing there who won’t be easy to beat.

“A lot of players are looking for opportunities”- Alexander Zverev ahead of the Miami Open 2021

Zverev highlighted that with the absence of the Big Three, the Miami Open 2021 is the perfect platform for many youngsters to shine. He feels that it’ll be a great opportunity for many players, including him.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his second-round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

“[It is] a tournament where a lot of players are looking for opportunities, for chances. But, we still have great players there. We have Medvedev, we have Tsitsipas. I think I’m a three seed there,” added the Mexican Open 2021 winner.

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Zverev has really shown great character after defeating in-form Tsitsipas in the final of the Mexican Open 2021. Interestingly, he didn’t drop a single set in the whole tournament and battled past the Greek player after having lost to him on five previous occasions.

Zverev will surely like to carry forward this momentum for as long as possible this season. Will the German player be able to conquer the Miami Open 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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