Recognized as the leader of the young generation of players born after 1995, Alexander Zverev became the Masters 1000 champion a few weeks after turning 20 in 2017. The German finished in the top-4 in 2017 and 2018, earning three Masters 1000 crowns in those years and reaching two Roland Garros quarter-finals in 2018 and 2019.
Eager for more notable results at the four most significant tournaments, Alexander competed in his first Major quarter-final in Melbourne last year, losing to Dominic Thiem in four tight sets. Seven and a half months later, the German and the Austrian faced in the US Open final, and Alexander had everything in his hands, opening two sets to love advantage and serving for the win in the decider.
Thiem overcame all those obstacles to celebrate in the decider's tie break, lifting his first Major title and leaving Zverev empty-handed. After a couple of good results in 2021 and two trophies under his belt, Alexander will seek the first Major crown at Roland Garros, beating Rafael Nadal en route to his fourth Masters 1000 crown in Madrid.
In his recent interview, Zverev said that victory over Nadal gives him a lot of confidence ahead of the season's second Major event, feeling confident and wishing a Major title even more after that tight New York loss to Thiem.
After a massive battle, the Austrian prevailed 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in four hours, performing one of the most incredible escapes in Major finals.
Alexander Zverev wants to win a Major title as soon as possible.
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.
Thiem grabbed four points more overall, as they stayed neck and neck in both the shortest and more advanced exchanges for a memorable clash at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The German had more winners and unforced errors, scoring eight breaks from 18 opportunities and losing serve seven times from 13 chances offered to the Austrian, who kept his focus in the closing stages to become a Major champion at 27.
"I think that I have chances in Paris this year. I feel okay and fit. I'm ready for this step. The tournament in Madrid gave me a lot of confidence. I've been playing well lately. If Rafael Nadal and I meet in Paris, it will be an exciting match.
Following the last year's US Open, I want to win a Major even more. I think I've been a better tennis player since then. I sat down and thought I had to improve things and do them differently," Alexander Zverev said.