Alexander Zverev is set to be the biggest disappointment of these Australian Open. The German was considered the second favorite to lift the trophy on Sunday 30 January, behind the Russian Daniil Medvedev. Sascha made a further qualitative leap in the second half of last year, so much so that he won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the ATP Finals in Turin.
The world number 3 had arrived in Melbourne with great ambitions, but his race was already interrupted in the round of 16 against Denis Shapovalov. The 24-year-old from Hamburg paid a very high price for a black day, in which he basically failed to do anything.
The Canadian took advantage of his opponent's amnesia to establish himself thanks to the score of 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3. Alexander was very strict with himself in the post-match: “I should have done more, there is no excuse.
I came here with the aim of winning and maybe becoming number 1. But if I play like this, I don't deserve it, it's all very simple." Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander said that Zverev does not possess the qualities of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Wilander speaks about Alexander Zverev
“I don’t see the qualities in Zverev that I see in Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, yet. Sascha Zverev is not going to be dominating like them because emotionally today [against Shapovalov] I don’t think he was a top player, to be honest," said Wilander.
Wilander claimed that this generation will not have a "big four." Instead, there will be up to 10 players winning one Major each. “There’s not going to be a big four in this generation. There are going to [be] seven, eight, nine, 10 guys that are going to win one of them.
Sascha Zverev is one of them, Felix-Auger Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini," added the seven-time Grand Slam champion. Despite not rating him as highly as the Big 3, Mats Wilander believes that Zverev can achieve the World No.
1 ranking and win a maiden Slam this year. However, he stressed that the German needs to "figure out" why he failed to play good tennis against Shapovalov. “They set the bar so high, these three, that we come to expect that’s what you have to do.
It’s so tough to do... Zverev will find it I think. He will still be No 1. I think he will win a Slam this year. It just wasn’t a good day today and we need to figure out why," concluded Wilander.