It is no secret that Alexander Zverev admires Roger Federer a lot. In his press conference in Rotterdam, when Zverev was asked if he was happy about Federer playing the tournament, the world no. 4 said without hesitation that he was happy about the Swiss' participation. However, both of them have been drawn in the top-half and could play each other in the semi-finals.
When asked if this worried him about his own chances, Zverev replied, 'That's your opinion. He's always supported me, I always support him. I hope he gets to the semifinals.' On Federer potentially becoming the world no. 1 again, Zverev said, 'I don't think even he could expect that 13-14 months ago when he was outside the top-10.'
Zverev also commented on adding Juan Carlos Ferrero in his team: 'He's a very hard-working guy and that [hasn't] changed in his coaching. I wanted to help out my dad a little too, as he's been travelling for more than 40 years [by] himself and it's not easy to do that on a daily basis.'
He finally spoke about his 2017 season where he won two Masters 1000s: 'It's always great to have such a great year at an early age. Obviously, I had a lot of goals for last year but I have over accomplished it even in my mind, which is very hard to do because I've always set very high goals. But it's a new year, it starts from zero.'
Sascha Zverev asked if he was happy @rogerfederer had joined the @abnamrowtt in Rotterdam. A deadpan 'yes'. Then asked if his chances had been diminished by Roger's participation, a big smile: "That's your opinion."— Marianne Bevis (@MarianneBevis) 11 febbraio 2018
Zverev on Federer regaining No1: "He's always supported me, I always support him. I hope he gets to the SFs" NB if he does, Federer will be No1—& could then face Zverev!— Marianne Bevis (@MarianneBevis) 11 febbraio 2018