Alexander Zverev, was pitched as the next Roger Federer, by media and former players alike. However, he has been a disappointment, specially at the majors. Zverev has not knocked on the semis of any of the majors yet, despite reaching a career best of world number three in the ATP singles rankings. The young German has vowed to change the order of things, even parting ways with his old coaching staff.
Zverev believes that much of the talk that goes on in the media about height, build or age does not matter once the match starts. ‘At the end of the day we all play against each other’, said Zverev. ‘It doesn’t matter how old you are, how tall you are, when you started playing tennis, it matters what your ranking is and how well you play.’
He also said that in an international tournament, with such broad groups and diverse draws, you are bound to meet people much younger or older than you. And there everyone is starting from love all, and that is all that matters. ‘We all are a big group, a 36-year-old Federer can still play me, I can play an even younger player than me. I don’t wake up in the morning thinking, I am fifteen years younger than Federer.’
After parting ways with his coaching staff, the young German was seen practicing with Ivan Lendl, for three days. Zverev revealed that there is a chance that he might form a long term relationship with the former grand slam champion. Alexander Zverev is also looking forward to the final slam of the year. He is looking in good touch having defended his crown last week, defeating Alex De Minaur in the finals of the Washington 500.
‘I hope I win the US Open and go from there. I think if I win this I will be number 2 in the race’, said Zverev, which is a bold statement from a youngster who has yet not gone past the quarterfinals mark at the majors.