Alexander Zverev: Novak Djokovic is a champion and one of the best players ever

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Alexander Zverev: Novak Djokovic is a champion and one of the best players ever

World No. 7 Alexander Zverev is looking forward to featuring on the Adria Tour and returning to competitive action. The 23-year-old German played only three events this year before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Zverev last played in late-February, when he picked up a shock round-of-16 loss to Tommy Paul at an ATP 500 event in Acapulco. The German will return to action in a week as he will be one of the big that will play in Belgrade when the Adria Tour kicks off on June 13.

Some of the biggest names of the game have confirmed their participation at the event as Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Marin Cilic are some of the names expected to play. "I look forward to the opportunity to play again.

I hope that it will be competitive tennis, so that we can test ourselves, primarily physically, because we haven't played matches for a long time. Most of the time I used to work on fitness, but lately, as the tournament gets closer, I started working on the court as well," Zverev exclusively told Kurir.

Alexander Zverev praises the Adria Tour organizer Djokovic

World No. 1 Djokovic was planning for quite some time to organize a Balkan Tour. The Serb decided that this was the perfect time to organize something like that and all the proceedings will be handed to those who need it the most.

Zverev, a former world No. 3, claimed the biggest title of his career at the Nitto ATP Finals in 2018 when he surprised 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in the final. "Novak is a champion and one of the best players of all time.

We’ve had some epic battles over the years and we often train together during tournaments. He has launched several great initiatives, such as founding a foundation. I know that he loves all the regions in the Balkans. So, when he decided to start this tour, a large number of players, including me, decided to help him.

The Adria Tour is a humanitarian sports event and all players have decided to donate the prize to those who need it. It's a gesture that people appreciate," Zverev said of Djokovic. Alexander Zverev was close to setting up an Australian Open final against Djokovic earlier this year but he lost to Thiem after winning the first set of their semifinal.