In press conference at the ATP Finals after his win over Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev revealed how Ivan Lendl helped him in the preparation to the match against the Serb.
'He obviously analyzed the match that I played with him a few days ago, told me a few things I had to do different. I was more aggressive today', said Zverev. 'I tried to take the ball earlier. Those kind of things.
But my dad is the one that gave me the base. My dad is the one that taught me the game of tennis. I'm very thankful to him for that. Obviously Ivan, the experience he has on and off the court, is amazing. That helped me, as well, to kind of play the two matches that I played back-to-back now.' The world No.
4 also praised his dad Alexander Sr.: 'Everything I do on the court is thanks to my dad because he's been there for the past 21 years. That's how it is. I mean, he built my foundation. He built the person that I am.
Obviously there's a lot of credit to Ivan. I always say that. But my dad deserves the most credit out of everyone.' Zverev also kissed his family dog after the win: 'Family dog, I mean, family dog has been on a lot of courts.
I think every court except Wimbledon, because they just would kick him off. It was a great moment obviously taking a moment with the whole team, with my dog there, with my family. It was great.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title