Tennis Doubles Legend Issues Warning to Alexander Zverev Rivals Ahead of Australian Open 2022

Published 12/25/2021, 7:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Alexander Zverev of Germany looks on against Jannik Sinner of Italy during his Men’s Singles round of 16 match on Day Eight of the 2021 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev is riding high on the back of a phenomenal 2021 season. The 24-year old German star won the most number of ATP tournaments this year. Furthermore, he was also the first German man to win a gold medal in the singles category.


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Moreover, he added to his tally of achievements this year as he won the ATP Finals as well. After that, the young star expressed that he looked at 2022 intending to finally win a Grand Slam. Sadly, for all his accolades, a major trophy still eludes Zverev.

Former Australian star believes Alexander Zverev will win his first major soon


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In the official Australian Open podcast titled the ‘AO Show’, former star Todd Woodbridge talks about Alexander Zverev. He expressed his belief that World No. 3 would finally be winning a Grand Slam next year.

Alexander Zverev celebrates kissing the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev | Credits: Reuters

Moreover, Woodbridge is convinced that it would be the very first major, the upcoming Australian Open! “Zverev has to take advantage soon, which I think he will, this coming year. I think he’ll win his first major,” he said.

Furthermore, he talked about the other rivals who could soon become legitimate threats to the German athlete. “There’s Sinner, there’s Alcaraz, sitting behind Zverev.”

Then, referring to Alexader Zverev by his nickname, Woodbridge continues. “I think we’re gonna see Sascha Zverev win a major. I think the Australian Open could be that one,” he predicts.


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In the same vein, he explains why he thinks so, praising Zverev’s improved consistency. “He has matured as a player. He now understands what it takes to win seven games to the best of five sets,” Woodbridge reasons. “I think his consistency within five-set matches is better. He’s now learned how to finish people off quicker.”

Clearly, a lot of people who know their tennis would second Woodbridge. After all, it is only a matter of time before the 24-year-old finally wins a Grand Slam.

Zverev has the entire world on notice

Alexander Zverev defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year. In fact, he ended up spoiling the Serb’s attempt at a Golden Slam.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany hits a backhand against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, he also defeated him and World No. 2, Daniil Medvedev, at the ATP World Tour Finals.


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After a tour-best 59 wins this season, Zverev expressed what he intends to achieve going forward. “I have succeeded on every single level, and there’s one thing missing,” Zverev said. “I hope I can do that next year,” he stated.


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In fact, just recently, he also states that he believes Novak Djokovic, Medvedev, and himself will form a new dominant trio in tennis.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.