“Don’t Know if He’ll Make It Against Novak”: Juan Martin del Potro Doubts if Alexander Zverev Can Win US Open 2021

Published 09/08/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning his quarter final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


German tennis player Alexander Zverev has been in the headlines off late for winning the Gold medal in Tokyo. During the event, he managed to beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. To beat the Serb was something difficult to do this season. 

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However, for Alexander Zverev to beat Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam match is a whole ball game altogether. To add to his worries, the German has never managed to beat a top 5 player in a Grand Slam event as yet. Taking note of this, former champion Juan Martin del Potro revealed his views. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Novak Djokovic of Serbia embraces Alexander Zverev of Germany during training. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The 2009 US Open champion stated, “Well I think Sascha has the confidence and the power to win the title of course. But I think he will be also feeling the pressure of never winning a Grand Slam title. I don’t know what could happen against Djokovic.” 

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Alexander Zverev lacks the will in Grand Slam events 

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Having said that, the Argentine star is well aware of the qualities possessed by Zverev. However, he does feel that the Olympic gold medalist lacks the firepower to dethrone someone like Djokovic on the biggest of the stages in a best of five sets match. 

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Alexander Zverev of Germany, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and Roger Federer of Switzerland pose prior to an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

The 32-year-old further added, “I mean, Sascha everyone knows he has all the shots on the court and he’s a very smart player but in the end, he needs something else to break the line to keep winning big tournaments. I don’t know what’ll happen in this one but from my point of view, against Novak, I don’t know if he’ll make it.”

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Speaking of Juan, he has been on the sidelines for a lengthy period. However, there have been some positive developments and he has started having light practice sessions on the tennis courts once again. Reflecting on tennis, Sascha is scheduled to take on Lloyd Harris in the quarterfinal match later today. We wish him the best of luck. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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