Alexander Zverev Jr. has been on everyone’s mind for a year or two now. This young German probably has what many deem as a world-class game; a game that could make him a future world no. 1. As he has been on the radar, there has been a fair amount of pressure on him throughout the seasons. People want a break from the monotony of having to see the ‘Big 5’ win all the big titles. And, a change is just around the corner. Alexander Zverev has already put his hands on a piece of silverware with his Rome masters title that he won on Sunday (22/05/2017).
Rome title came as Zverev’s first masters title on Sunday. He defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4. 6-3 in the final. He played authoritative tennis against Djokovic who was a little worn and torn after having played close to 3 full sets of tennis the previous day. Zverev was hardly being challenged as he broke Djokovic’s service three times and did not offer his opponent a single break point opportunity in the two sets. It was a convincing win for the Zverev that brought him his first big title.
The Rome title helped him move up 7 places in the rankings, i.e., from no. 17 to no. 10. He has become the youngest player to win a masters in 10 years. In the race rankings, he holds the fourth position behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. Evidently, he has been one of the prominent players this season. This title was Zverev’s third title this year.
Zverev expressed his feelings on beating Djokovic for his first masters title, “I don’t know what to say.”
“Coming into this week I never thought I could be standing here in the finals or getting this trophy.”
“Getting the trophy from Mr. Laver is something very special and something I’ll remember for the rest of my career.”
Alexander has won his first big title at the age of 20. With regard to the age of the winning the first big title of one’s career, this is how he compares with the elites of the present era:
If this statistic is an artifact we may use to gauge a player’s potential, then it can be said that Zverev is already ahead of Roger Federer and Andy Murray. However, he has fallen behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in this respect. But it gives us good indications about his future. It clearly shows that he is on track for a great career. The young lad needs to keep up his spirit.
We now proceed to the French Open that promises to be an intriguing contest at the very least. Rafael Nadal, will be the heavy favourite after having won 3 clay titles this season but others like Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Djokovic will pose challenges to him. The major starts today.
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