It was certainly not an easy year for Alexander Zverev. The expectations, the controversies after participating in a party by the sea without social distancing but, above all, for what happened with his former girlfriend Olga Sharypova and all the sensational revelations.
Conversely, on the court, Zverev reached his first Grand Slam final, at the US Open, where he lost in the final in five dramatic sets to Dominic Thiem, and won the two cologne titles. On the court, at the Australian Open he went all the way to the semifinals, his highest goal in a Grand Slam tournament, where, however, he lost to Dominic Thiem for 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) .
Previously, he had imposed himself in three sets on Marco Cecchinato, Egor Gerasimov, Fernando Verdasco and Andrej Rublev, while in the quarterfinals he reassembled a set to Stan Wawrinka. After the break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Cincinnati he was eliminated in the second round by Andy Murray 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
At the US Open, however, Zverev sequentially eliminated Kevin Anderson, Brandon Nakashima, Adrian Mannarino, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Borna Ćorić and Pablo Carreño Busta, to play in the final against Dominic Thiem.
The German went ahead by 2 sets and a break but then let himself come back, losing 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (6) after having also had the opportunity to serve for the match. He then took part in the French Open, where he ousted Dennis Novak in three sets in the first round, overtook Pierre-Hugues Herbert in five sets in the second and Marco Cecchinato in three sets in the third round.
He then reaches the fourth round where he was surprised in four sets by Jannik Sinner. Not very brilliant performances at the Paris Rolex Masters and ATP Finals, but in the middle he won the two titles of the ATP Cologne.
Alexander Zverev's 2021
Out of the court, her life ended on the cover due to the statements of Olga Sharypova.
Among the most sensational: "He tried to strangle me with the pillow, put my head against the wall and blocked my arms. There was a time when I feared for life, this wasn't the first or even the last time he got his hands on me in the course of our relationship.
It happened in New York where he, after the Laver Cup, used violence against me. I didn't know what to do, in the course of our relationship there were strong psychological pressures and he said to me 'You are nobody, you have nothing!
I have money and success ... " Zverev defended himself: "These allegations are totally unfounded, they are not true. Olya and I have had our ups and downs, but the way our relationship has been publicly described is not true.
I'm not like that, that's not how my parents raised me and I'm not that person that is described. " For 2021 Alexander Zverev's main goal will be to finally find a balance between the improvements seen in 2020 on the court and his private life.
If these two paths do not travel parallel, then the boy may still have problems that will be reflected on the court. Zverev may be ready to fight with the strongest, even if he doesn't have the charisma of the Big Three or the mental strength of his other colleagues.
But the qualities to achieve something good are there. Without balance, however, it will be hard for him to compete at high levels and against the best.