Alexander Zverev stands behind his words, will not play Davis Cup finals


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Alexander Zverev stands behind his words, will not play Davis Cup finals

The world no. 3 Alexander Zverev has had a shaky start of the season so far, losing to Roger Federer at Hopman Cup (Zverev and Bencic wasted a match point in the final against Roger and Belinda Bencic) and suffering two minor injuries in the week before the Australian Open.

The first Grand Slam of the season proved to be too tough to handle for the German once again, losing to Milos Raonic in the fourth round and staying on just one quarter-final reached at Roland Garros last year. Returning to Europe, Zverevled his country against Hungary in Davis Cup Qualifiers tie in Frankfurt, securing wins over lower-ranked opponents Peter Nagy and Gabor Borsos to push Germany over the top and secure the spot at Davis Cup finals in Madrid between November 18-24.

Sascha needed 69 minutes to dismiss Nagy 6-2, 6-2, losing nine points on serve and never facing a break point, stealing the serve of his opponent twice in each set to seal the deal. He was even more dominant on serve against Borsos, dropping five points behind the initial shot and scoring one break in each set to cement the win and a perfect weekend.

Thus, Germany will play for Davis Cup title at that final round-robin event in Madrid but, as he said many times before, Zverev will not be in Spain to lead his country towards the possible fourth title, opting to skip it and take a break after a long season.

Making his Davis Cup debut in 2016 at the age of 18, Sascha was there to defend the national colors in five ties over the last four season, always ready to play in this great competition, especially in front of the home fans.

Despite being a good friend with the Kosmos founder Gerard Pique, Zverev has always been against the new Davis Cup format and he confirmed once again there is no chance for him to change the decision and show up in Madrid.

Sascha added he would love to win Davis Cup but in the old format that has been on for 120 years, something we are probably never going to see again.