If there is one thing that stands out for Alexander Zverev this season, it's his mentality. He had ups and downs, but when he played well, especially in the first half of the season, he proved himself to be a born champion and fighter.
However, important as talent is, but having a right attitude also makes a difference. And the world no. 3 knows it well. 'I try to put 100% in every session,' he told Tennis Magazine Netherlands.
'It doesn't matter if it's a track session, a gym session, if it's week seven or eight or in the middle of the season. I still try to get better and I have goals in the sport obviously. I want to be better than I am now.
[In order] to improve, I have to work hard because I know what kind of work players like Djokovic or Federer do. Without working, you don't go far.' Asked about how tennis will be in five years, Zverev replied: 'I think Andy and Novak will be there.
Especially Andy I think. Players like Nishikori and Raonic will be there. I think Nick Kyrgios is starting to be more professional as well, so he is going to be very dangerous when he will figure it out.' He finally commented on the hard tennis player's life: 'You guys only see the practice sessions, but before that you have to be with physioterapist for 45 minutes, then go to the gym to warm every single muscle in order not to take any risk to get injured.
That is one of the most important things, to keep your body healthy.'
Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Ferrero confirmed he will continue to be in the Zverev's team next year.
In his first week as a top 10 player I interviewed Alexander Zverev for a @TENNiS_Magazine cover story.
'I will join him at the Grand Slams, the ATP Masters 1000 events and some other tournaments. I will work with him twenty weeks a year. That’s what we agreed. Maybe it will be even more,' said Ferrero during the ATP World Tour Finals, adding he was impressed by Zverev's fighting spirit and work ethic, which is 'rare to see in younger players.' ALSO READ: Alexander Zverev: 'I choked.
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