Alexander Zverev expressed himself on the eve of his 500 debut in Acapulco. His opponent will be the 2003 class Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, one of the great promises of world tennis. Zverev is well aware of the feeling of having the spotlight on him since adolescence.
The N.7 ATP has in fact given advice to his next opponent: "The most important thing for him is not to listen to all the talks about his future, because in the end there will not be a second Rafael Nadal or a second Roger Federer , you can only be yourself "
And it is precisely on Federer that Zverev focused during the interview. Federer is currently still in the Top 10, in sixth place in the rankings, despite having only played one tournament in the past year. Zverev, on the other hand, is seventh in the standings, 740 points behind the Swiss champion, and he is not very happy with it: "I'm the biggest fan of Roger Federer, but he hasn't played for a year and despite this he is still ahead of me in the standings.
. In the last 12 months I have done a Grand Slam final [at the US Open, ed] and a 1000 final [at Bercy], and I have won two tournaments [Cologne 1 and 2]. So far the ranking system used has been a disaster “. Zverev also specified: “I don't care about the ranking with the current system.
I mean, I should be in the top four or five with some normal rankings, but what we have now is a bit absurd. " However, the Russian is sixth in terms of points, behind Djokovic, Medvedev, Nadal, Thiem and Rublev, but his thoughts are clear.
Meanwhile, former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek recently spoke to Tennis Magazin about Roger Federer's serve, which is an important part of the Swiss' arsenal. Krajicek, who himself had one of the best serves in the world when he was active, claimed that what makes Federer's serve so special is its unpredictability.
Krajicek on Roger Federer's serve
"Roger Federer's serve is one of the best in the world for its accuracy," Richard Krajicek replied when asked about some of the best serves in tennis. "Reading his serve is almost impossible.
The way he hides it, it's unbelievable. He developed this shot and 2-3 years ago in tough moments, he would serve on the T. Now it's unpredictable." Richard Krajicek went on to name his top six servers over the years - Ivo Karlovic, Milos Raonic, Goran Ivanisevic, Nick Kyrgios, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
While the first four names are usual suspects, the inclusion of Federer and Djokovic in the list comes as a bit of a surprise. Krajicek gave a nod to Djokovic due to the Serb's drastic improvement in the second serve, the credit for which he believes goes to his coach Ivanisevic.
"He (Ivanisevic) is now working as a trainer with Novak Djokovic, and Novak visibly benefits from this," Krajicek said. "His second serve has become an average of 10 km/h faster. That makes a lot. He visibly benefited from this, for example, in his triumph at the 2021 Australian Open."