Alexander Zverev backs Rafael Nadal: 'Majors have to keep the best-of-five format'

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Alexander Zverev backs Rafael Nadal: 'Majors have to keep the best-of-five format'

To draw the younger crowd and make tennis more enjoyable, Novak Djokovic and some other players would love to see the best-of-three matches at Majors. Rafael Nadal doesn't like the idea, saying the best-of-five format is still perfect at Majors, offering a day off between the encounters and the opportunity for everyone to show their physical and mental strength on the biggest stage.

Alexander Zverev agrees with Rafa, highlighting the importance of the best-of-five format and its place in tennis history. Taking a look at the Davis Cup changes, Zverev reminded how it failed to bring good things to our game, not wanting the same to happen with our sport's four most notable events.

On the other hand, Alexander is not sure about bringing back the best-of-five matches at the ATP Finals and the Masters 1000 events, assuming it would probably be too tough to recover for the next week after the more extended clashes.

Zverev has won three Masters 1000 titles so far, conquering Rome and Canada in 2017 just after turning 20 and adding the third shield after a marvelous performance in Madrid 2018. On the other hand, the german had struggled to find his A-game at Majors, failing to reach the latter stages and verify his ranking position.

That all changed at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019 when Alexander reached the quarter-final, followed by the Australian Open's semi-final run this January. Zverev had a massive chance to go all the way at the US Open and embrace a Major glory, overcoming two sets to love deficit in the semis against Pablo Carreno Busta and setting the Dominic Thiem clash.

Alexander Zverev would love to see the best-of-five format at Majors for good.

The first-time Major finalist made a great start, winning the opening two sets in 79 minutes and looking good to seal the deal in the third.

Instead of that, he lost sets three and four to keep the Austrian in contention before earning a break in game eight of the decider to serve for the title. It wasn't to be for Alexander, though, suffering a break in that ninth game and again at 5-5, with Thiem serving for the title.

Making one last push, Zverev pulled the break back to set up a tie break that he lost 8-6, handing the trophy to Thiem and experiencing a massive blow. "Majors have to keep the best-of-five format; that's part of tennis history, and you can't change it like that.

The Davis Cup suffered modifications, and it didn't work out well. The best-of-five encounters show the players' physical strength, and we have a day off between matches. It is why we work so hard and go to the gym regularly.

We should keep the best-of-five at Majors for good. On the other hand, I'm not so sure about the ATP Finals or the Masters 1000 events. The best-of-five finals were affecting both the players and the tournaments, with both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer skipping Hamburg following that five-hour Rome marathon," Alexander Zverev said.