Alexander Zverev has a deal with the Halle tournament until 2020 but he would like to sign a lifetime contract there. The German player, speaking to reporters on Sunday, said: "I would like to play here until the end of my career.
I feel very well here. I would not be sorry in having a contract like Roger Federer." On his first round against Robin Haase, Zverev added: "He is always a very tough opponent, he plays in a very smart way."
Zverev defeated Haase in the first round on Monday. The 22-year-old feels very motivated heading into Halle: "This is probably one of my favourite tournaments and I’m always motivated here. Last year, I played with an injury here and lost first round and this year I really want to do well.
I hope this was a good start for a good tournament for me." On his win over Robin Haase on Monday, the Hamburg native added: "He is someone who has an unbelievable serve, a very good grass-court game. He has won a [couple] tournaments on the grass.
He has a good forehand and a very good slice. He beat Philipp in straight sets, which also tells a lot. It won’t be an easy match but there are no bad players here. Therefore, there aren’t any easy matches here”.
Zverev will now face the American Steve Johnson in the second round. He has reached the final twice in Halle, in 2016 (lost to Florian Mayer) and in 2017 (lost to Federer).