“Nobody Remembers Who Was in the Finals”: Alexander Zverev Not Thrilled With Incredible Finals Record

Published 03/20/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning his third round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


An all-German encounter ensued in one of the ATP Mexican Open 2021 semifinals. World No. 7 Alexander Zverev defeated his countryman Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 7-6(5) to reach his 23 career final.

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To make it in the semifinals, the 2020 US Open finalist had received a walkover from Norwegian professional Casper Ruud. On the other hand, Koepfer had outclassed American Cameron Norrie 7-5, 6-4 on his way.

Significantly, both the Germans put on an out-and-out performance in their battle that lasted two hours and 10 minutes. In fact, there was no separating them until 5-5 in the tie-breaker of the second set. But eventually, Sascha came through and is now looking forward to playing for the title against top-seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his quarter-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Loren Elliott

In the post-match press conference, Alexander Zverev opened up on having the most ATP final appearances in the under-25 age group. Among the 23 finals, the German has claimed 13 ATP titles; his most notable win was the 2019 ATP Finals.

Accordingly, the 23-year-old expressed the importance of winning but is grateful for creating the many chances.

“It’s about winning them, no? And at the end of the day, nobody remembers who was in the final,” Zverev said. “But obviously, I am happy to have had that many opportunities to play for the title matches.”

Furthermore, the second seed understands the magnitude of the title match.

“And yeah, I am extremely happy to be in another one, here, tomorrow,” he said. “I am sure it’s not going to be an easy one, no matter who it is against, and I am looking forward to the match.”

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Zverev vs Tsitsipas: The battle of next-generation

World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas ended 19-year-old teenager Lorenzo Musetti’s dream run at the event to make his way to the final. Safe to say, the Greek star will be ready for an ultimate battle against Zverev.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his second-round match against Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Moreover, Stefanos will be bidding for his sixth ATP title on the tour. Like his next opponent, Tsitsipas also has the 2020 ATP Finals’ victory as his most notable achievement.

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All in all, tennis fans are excited to watch the clash between two solid next-generation players.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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