For Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer is not just a great rival but also an inspiration. At the 2018 Laver Cup, the Swiss suggested that Zverev play more aggressive tennis and attack more. This suggestion was the key for Zverev to beat Kevin Anderson in three sets and give the title to Team Europe.
Reflecting on that moment with him on the bench and Federer encouraging him, Zverev joked: 'Yeah, maybe he shouldn't have done.' He, then, continued, 'No, I mean, I don't think I struggled during the slams.
I think there's been a few unlucky moments for me this year. I've done really well at the French, then I got injured. I don't know how far I could have gone. But how the clay court season ended for me was a little bit upsetting. The other Grand Slams, I played against a very good Chung in the Australian Open, which I lost a five-set match.
Wimbledon I was not prepared to play because of the injury that happened in the French. US Open I had a bad match. These things happen. It's fine. As I said, I'm here now. Tomorrow is going to be the last match of the season for me, no matter what.
Then I'll think about next year when I come back from holidays.' Zverev and Federer may face each other again in more than one month at the Hopman Cup in Perth, as they respectively pair up with Angelique Kerber and Belinda Bencic.