Both living in Monte Carlo, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev have been great friends ever since the young German stepped on the ATP Tour, practicing together and defending each other from various attacks. Alexander followed Novak at the last year's Adria Tour, spending a great time with the Serb and praising his efforts to stage a tennis event in difficult times.
The Serb and the German are the 1st and 5th seeds in Monte Carlo this week, hoping to beat two rivals and set their ninth meeting, the second of the season after that entertaining Australian Open clash. Talking about Novak, Alexander stated that the Serb wants to break all the records in the upcoming years, praising Djokovic's determination and desire for constant improvements, despite everything he has already achieved.
Zverev would love to see Djokovic playing for a couple of more years and also to beat him in the upcoming matches.
Alexander Zverev dropped major praise on Novak Djokovic.
"I enjoy this time of the year. I like clay and long and physical encounters.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming weeks, hoping we can see thrilling matches. I grew up on clay, and I can make a swift transition from hard to clay, maybe half a day. Of course, you need some time to get used to it after changing the surface.
For me, playing on clay is exciting, and I wish the season on the slowest surface is a bit longer. Monte Carlo is the only clay Masters I haven't won, and I can't wait to play my first match here. I was very happy when I saw who will play in the Miami Open final; two youngsters in the Masters 1000 final is a good thing for our sport.
Both Hurkacz and Sinner will achieve a lot in the future. Sinner is an incredible talent, and I believe he can win many Masters 1000 titles. Novak Djokovic's records speak for themselves. He has won so many things, achieved numerous records and spent the most weeks as world no.
1. Still, he is hungry for more and determined to grab many more records; I think he won't stop until he gets them all. I wish to see him for many more years on the Tour, although I would love to beat him a few more times," Alexander Zverev said.