Alexander Zverev set to return to Stockholm Open this year



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Alexander Zverev set to return to Stockholm Open this year

German tennis star Alexander Zverev has signed up to play the Stockholm Open, per Michal Samulski. Zverev, ranked at No. 6 in the world, is set to make his third appearance at the Stockholm event. Former world No. 3 Zverev debuted at the Stockholm Open in 2015.

Back then, the German made the round-of-16 before losing to Tomas Berdych. Zverev also played at the Stockholm Open in 2016 and then he made the semifinal before losing to American Jack Sock.

Zverev playing the Madrid Masters this week

Zverev, who won the Madrid Masters in 2018, is seeded at No.

5 in the Madrid main draw and he has a first round bye at the tournament. Last week, Zverev suffered a disappointing loss in Munich as he was stunned by Ilya Ivashka in the quarterfinal. In the Munich semifinal, German Jan-Lennard Struff beat Ivashka to make his maiden ATP final.

After making the Munich final, Struff hoped he would get a chance to play Zverev for a spot in the final but that didn't happen. “I would love to play [Zverev],” Struff said. “I wish him all the best for the match coming up now against Ivashka, who is a very good player.

I would love to play Sascha here for the third time and try to beat him, because I lost twice against him here on Centre Court. I hope that we have a German semi-final," Struff said. Zverev, a former world No. 3, also recently spoke about COVID-19 vaccines.

"I don't want to say much," Zverev said. "Nowadays it's easy to be misunderstood, whatever you say. This is too political for my taste. I have not yet been vaccinated and I believe that everyone should act as they see it." It remains to be seen how far can former Madrid champion Zverev go at the Madrid Masters this week.