After the very bad injury sustained during the semifinal of the Roland Garros 2022 against Rafael Nadal, the German tennis player Alexander Zverev had to say stop to last season. Sasha returned to the court only in 2023. For the former world number two, the return to the courts was gradual and at times positive.
The player came back in a semifinal at Grand Slam level: a year after the injury, he is one of the best four at the Roland Garros 2023. On this occasion, however, he was defeated by world number four Casper Ruud. The knockout against the Norwegian is just one of ten suffered by Alexander Zverev this season.
Zverev has never won against a Top-10 in 2023. The last defeat came in Bastad, in the Swedish 250 tournament: elimination suffered in the quarterfinals by Andrey Rublev, currently number 7 in the world.
Alexander Zverev hasn't broken any top-10 in 2023
The list of defeats suffered starts from the United Cup, the new mixed national team tournament that replaced the ATP Cup between December 2022 and January 2023.
It starts with the knockout suffered by Taylor Fritz, US number one. In addition to the American, Alexander Zverev's players who beat him were also Casper Ruud, mentioned first at the French Open, and Carlos Alcaraz, in the quarter-final match of the Masters 1000 in Madrid.
For the winner of the 2021 ATP Finals, however, Russia is his main enemy. Of the ten defeats against a top 10, two are at the hands of his friend, a native of Moscow, Andrey Rublev: one on hard courts in Dubai, in the semifinal, one on clay in Bastad.
Three, however, were inflicted on him by former world number one Daniil Medvedev. For the Russian number one three victories over the German, all three in 1000 level tournaments: on the hard courts of Indian Wells, on the red clay-courts of Monte Carlo and finally in Rome.
Now the German player will focus on teh North American hard-court season, on a surface in which he gained a Slam final, lost in 2020 against Dominic Thiem.
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