Alexander Zverev stands after his brilliant victory in the semifinals of the Masters in Shanghai. (Photo: imago / Xinhua)
Friday, October 12, 2018
He is one of the best tennis players of the season: Alexander Zverev won his ticket for the ATP finals. While the 21-year-old mentally still has room for improvement, this year he proves his gained physical strength.
London calling: Alexander Zverev has the ticket for the ATP final after the next gala performance. At the Masters in Shanghai Zverev stormed into the semi-finals without losing a set. No other player on the tour has won so many matches in 2018 – namely 49 – as the 21-year-old. Not Rafael Nadal, not Roger Federer, not Novak Djokovic. Incidentally, the young star was the fifth player from 11 to 18 November in London. Zverev said: "It's great to be back in shape and back in the top eight, everyone has this goal at the beginning of the season," said Zverev, "one of the most prestigious events we have its an honor, it's close or equivalent to a Grand Slam win. " The Hamburg qualified for the second time in a row for the season showdown. The last German to succeed was Boris Becker (1985-92 and 1994-96). "I'm crazy in general." Zverev often got in the way this year. In Shanghai, however, it flutters: At the sovereign 6: 4, 6: 4 against the British Kyle Edmund Zverev moved easily into his fifth Masters semi-final this year and meets there on Wimbledon and US Open champion Novak Djokovic (Serbia / No. 2). "Of course it was a good match for me, he was my team-mate at the Laver Cup in Team Europa, so we know each other well," Zverev said about Edmund's win over the field, often drifting into other negative emotions. At the US Open the tactically sometimes somewhat inflexible Zverev was given a lesson by the 13-year-old Philipp Kohlschreiber in round three and in the end he surrendered helplessly to his fate. In his defeats in Melbourne (0: 6 against Chung Hyeon), Wimbledon (0: 6 against Ernests Gulbis) and New York (3: 6 after 3: 0) broke Zverev in each case in the last sentence. More about this topic Unlike in previous years, his still expandable Grand Slam balance sheet can no longer be explained by physical deficits. Zverev has gained four kilos of muscle, is now strong as a bear and surprisingly mobile for his height. It's his head that sometimes gets in his way. "I'm generally insane, this is nothing new to me," Zverev once said about his occasional outbursts of anger. The mental strength and the development of different match plans will be the starting points of Ivan Lendl. The former top star, whom Zverev brought to his team shortly before the US Open, will lead Zverev to his first Grand Slam title. But before that, Djokovic – and the ATP final – are waiting. In the London O2 Arena, he failed in the group stage last year.