Alexander Zverev: 'I was two points away from becoming a Major champion'



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Alexander Zverev: 'I was two points away from becoming a Major champion'

Alexander Zverev conquered his biggest title since 2018 last week in Acapulco, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final to gain confidence and momentum ahead of Miami Open. The German is the 3rd seed and will chase the fourth Masters 1000 crown in the absence of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer.

Alexander will face Carlos Alcaraz or Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round, setting eyes on a deep run and a notable trophy. During his press conference, Zverev mentioned the last year's US Open final loss to Dominic Thiem, saying that makes him even more motivated to battle for the Major trophies this year and in the future.

The German would love to win all four Major titles, although he can't think about that at the moment, with some essential tournaments still to be played ahead of Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Zverev had a massive chance to become a Major winner last September, winning the opening two sets against Thiem and standing two points away from tennis glory.

In the end, the Austrian prevailed 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in four hours and one minute, performing one of the most incredible escapes in Major finals. Zverev had the victory in his hands, taking the opening two sets and serving for the title at 5-3 in the decider, squandering all that to finish runner-up in his first Major final.

Zverev spoke about the last year's US Open final against Dominic Thiem.

Thiem grabbed four points more overall, as they stayed neck and neck in both the shortest and more advanced exchanges for a memorable tennis clash.

The German had more winners and unforced errors, scoring eight breaks from 18 opportunities and suffering seven breaks from 13 chances offered to the Austrian, who kept his focus in the closing stages to become a Major champion at 27.

"That loss made me, in a way, even hungrier. I was two points away from winning my first Major title at the US Open, but I didn't at the end of the day. You have to look at those things as well. In a way, this year, I feel like I'm more motivated than ever to do well.

I'm trying to improve every single aspect of the game to give myself the best chance that I can have. I feel like I'm building towards that. I want to win them all. I'm looking forward to the following weeks. I'm not trying to think of the Majors right now because they are still far away.

We have four Masters 1000 events before that and some other big events. I'm trying to focus on that and do my best in every of those," Alexander Zverev said.