Alexander Zverev has won the last 12 matches on the Tour following an early Wimbledon exit. The German claimed the Tokyo Olympics gold medal in singles following wins over Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov. Alexander returned to action in Cincinnati and secured the fifth Masters 1000 crown for a massive boost ahead of the US Open.
The German stood on the verge of the first Major crown in New York a year ago, leading two sets to love against Dominic Thiem and serving for the victory in the decider before falling in the deciding tie break. The German is ready for another good run at Flushing Meadows, feeling confident about his chances and wishing to challenge Novak Djokovic in a potential semi-final clash.
Alexander beat Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes in the opening round.
Alexander Zverev will try to prevent Novak Djokovic from winning the US Open title.
The German dropped only 14 points on serve and converted four out of ten break chances to control the scoreboard.
With 40 winners and 15 unforced errors on his tally, Alexander had the upper hand on the court, delivering two late breaks in sets one and two and sailing through in the third. Querrey got broken at 4-4 in the opener before Zverev wrapped up the set with an ace in the next one.
Alexander lost only six points behind the initial shot in the second set stole the rival's serve at 5-5 following Sam's double fault. The German grabbed the set with an ace in game 12 and stormed over the American in the third to secure a place in the second round.
"It's great to have all the fans back because we definitely missed them in the final last year. Hopefully, I'll play a few more matches here, and it's going to be even more entertaining. I hope I will be on an 18-match winning streak in two weeks.
I want to win the US Open, but many great players are in the draw. Novak is chasing history, trying to become the first player since Rod Laver with a calendar Grand Slam. Still, the young guys will try to spoil his party and prevent him from winning the fourth straight Major.
I will love to challenge him if we meet in the semis, as I have recently played well. I have been working extremely hard on many things, spending hours on improving my serve alone. I'm happy at the moment, and my tennis has been on a high level," Alexander Zverev said.