World no. 7 Alexander Zverev and David Ferrer will not extend their collaboration in 2021. The Spaniard is not ready to leave his family and travel with the German in these troubled times, focusing on his family and the Barcelona Open, where he is the tournament director.
Alexander and David had trained for two weeks in Monte Carlo in July and decided to give it a go, with the veteran helping the top-10 star reaching the US Open final, although he wasn't with him in New York. Alexander served for the title against Dominic Thiem, lost ground in the decisive moment and fell in the final tie break for a massive blow.
Zverev and Ferrer were officially on the practice court at Roland Garros, with Alexander reaching the fourth round and losing to the young Italian Jannik Sinner. Heading back to Cologne, Alexander hit the indoor swing and claimed two titles in back-to-back weeks, celebrating his first titles in almost a year and a half!
Alexander defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman in one-sided finals to lift the trophies and travel to Paris with a lot of confidence. The German took down Stan Wawrinka in the quarters and scored his second indoor victory over Rafael Nadal in the semis to advance into the title match.
He won the opening set against Daniil Medvedev before falling 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, losing ground in the deciding set and missing the opportunity to win the fourth Masters 1000 crown.
Alexander Zverev and David Ferrer will not work together in 2021.
Competing at the ATP Finals for the fourth straight year, Alexander lost to Medvedev for the second time in less than ten days before beating Diego Schwartzman in three sets.
In the battle for the semi-final spot, Zverev gave his best versus Novak Djokovic and still fell 6-3, 7-6, finishing his season and hoping for a fresh start at the ATP Cup in February. "I had to decide by the end of the year; I spoke to Alexander and told him that I preferred not to continue working with him in 2021.
There wasn't a particular reason or anything; I just thought the time wasn't right. Everything is fine between us, and I'm grateful to Alexander for the opportunity he gave me to travel with him in the closing stages of the season.
We had a good run during those three months. It wasn't easy for me to continue traveling with Alexander due to the coronavirus and the fact that I'm the Barcelona Open tournament director. There's also my family, which I put above everything.
I'm not the right person to help Alexander at the moment. In the future, I will work as a coach again, that's for sure," David Ferrer said.