Former world No. 1 Boris Becker insists Alexander Zverev should be determined to make a strong end to the year and put himself in the position to become world No. 1 early next year. Zverev, ranked at No. 4 in the world, achieved his career-high ranking of No.
3 in the world in 2017. Zverev broke into the top-3 very early but since then he hasn't managed to make the next step. On Sunday, Zverev beat Frances Tiafoe to win Vienna, a 500 ATP event. Zverev is now set to play at the Paris Masters and Nitto ATP Finals.
"He really has become a world class player. His goal should be to earn as many points as possible in the indoor season, so he can put himself in the best position to become No. 1 next year and maybe already with a victory in Melbourne," Becker told Eure, as revealed on We Love Tennis.
Zverev won his fifth title of the year
Zverev beat Tiafoe 7-5 6-4 to lift his fifth title in 2021. Tiafoe caused a few upsets in Vienna but Zverev didn't let him cause another one and win his first title of the season.
“He didn’t let me play the way I wanted to play, tactically he was very good,” Zverev said. “But I am happy with the win and I am happy with my fifth title of the year and I am happy with my first in Vienna, so it was a good day."
Zverev has been playing great ever since he won gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. “I think the Olympics gave me a lot of confidence and I believe I can compete for any title that I play in,” Zverev added. “I am happy with the form I am in but I have got two more massive weeks ahead of me and I hope I can do well”.