World No. 3 Alexander Zverev has confirmed that he plans to play Acapulco next year as he hopes to defend his title at the event. The 24-year-old Zverev captured his first Acapulco title earlier this year after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Acapulco final.
Zverev enjoyed good performances in Acapulco in the past, but it was only this year that he managed to go all the way in the event. Zverev reached the Acapulco semifinal in 2018 before finishing second in the event a year later.
In a video posted on the tournament's Twitter account, Zverev said that this year in Acapulco was a special success and that he hopes the next one will be even more special. "Look, I have won at all levels except the Slams.
It's the only thing I'm missing and I'll do everything I can to change that next season. I'm already looking forward to 2022, because I know I still have things to improve," Zverev told Sport Klub after winning the ATP Finals.
The Teuton was proposed by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to become a Grand Slam champion. "Of course we want to win each other, but there is that mutual respect and appreciation that is more important than winning or losing.
That's something I always had with Sascha. I really appreciate it,” said Djokovic. "Wish you all the best. He is a great guy, a fantastic tennis player, I am sure that he will soon be a Grand Slam champion."
Although Roger Federer is determined to return to action once again, there are plenty of doubts over how the Swiss will perform if he does manage to make another comeback.
Federer returned to the tour this year
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander feels "it is possible" for Roger Federer to make a return to the tour after his latest knee surgery.
""I think the bigger problem to me is that these guys are getting really, really good. (Alexander) Zverev and (Daniil) Medvedev are the guys pushing behind, they are playing huge games of tennis," he said. "And of course, Federer has his serve but how big a weapon is a Roger Federer serve compared to let's say a Zverev or Medvedev serve.
I think that's going to be the reality check." Speaking to Eurosport, Wilander also said that Roger Federer is likely to work a reduced, low-intensity schedule in the coming season. "I don't think that Roger Federer will play too many matches on Tour," he said.
"He realizes that he does still have a chance to win - maybe not a grand slam, maybe not a final - but three or four matches. I think it's worth it for him to come back in his own mind."