Alexander Zverev is facing the ideal opportunity to win his first Grand Slam title. Already without Novak Djokovic in the draw, the German starts with Daniiil Medvedev as the main favorites at the Australian Open 2022. The world number 3 himself spoke about his options at Melbourne Park.
"Novak was clearly the best. He is the one who has won the most titles here. But beyond that, Daniil has won huge tournaments in the last few months and years, so he is one of the best hard court players out there. I've won the Olympics, the ATP Finals, and things like that, so I'm also able to play really well on hard courts.
Also (Stefanos) Tsitsipas can do very well here. Although I sincerely believe that Rafael Nadal is someone who is returning to do incredible tennis again. He is someone that we cannot forget in this tournament, ”said the youngest of the Zverev.
On his strengths on hard court, he stated: “I've been doing really well on all surfaces except maybe grass. I've won three Masters titles on clay, more in fact than I've ever won on hard courts. It is above all how I move, where I place my shots, I know that I am capable of hitting the ball very hard.
Hard courts today are slower than they used to be. So it cannot be said that he only does well on hard. I can play at a high level anywhere." In the third round the Teuton will face the Moldovan Radu Albot, a rival who should not force him more than necessary to get into the second week of the Australia Open.
Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal
Toni Nadal gave his thoughts on his nephew Rafael Nadal's attempt to win a men's record 21st Major title at the 2022 Australian Open. The Spaniard - who currently works with Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime - coached his nephew from childhood until 2017.
"Rafa has the same will to try to win every match," Nadal said. "Sometimes it goes well and other times there is no way to do it. It is true that winning the 'Grand Slam' is what motivates you, but life is not going to change [for] you for having one more tournament than Federer or Djokovic.
When you have already made an important path, between being 20 or 21, I don't think it will change the subject much" World No. 6 Nadal defeated German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The 35-year-old will face 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round on Friday.