World No. 3 Alexander Zverev acknowledges there is a reason why there is a pressure and expectation on the top players to deliver but adds it's up to the player to learn how to cope with it. Zverev, 24, has been a top player for several years now and he reveals he has learned how to enjoy being in this position.
Zverev captured his maiden Masters title in 2017 and the same year achieved a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world. Zverev hasn't yet won a Grand Slam but he has won on every other level. Zverev has multiple Masters titles in his collection, two victories at the ATP Finals and the gold medal he claimed at the Tokyo Olympics.
"When you’re a top player, you need to learn how to deal with that pressure and to start enjoying that part as well, because at the end of the day, the people that are on top have pressure for a reason," Zverev told Haute Living, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"They’re expected to win. And once you do, you’ve got to not just talk the talk but you’ve also got to walk the walk. There’s a thin line between putting too much pressure on yourself and enjoying the moment”.
Zverev is always focused on the next
Zverev has had many outstanding moments on the court but he also knows how it feels to experience a disappointment. However, it doesn't take long to Zverev to overcome a disappointing defeat or a bad result in general.
"I’m actually someone with the luck of having a short-term memory. I can forget quickly, which is a good thing, because whether you’re winning or losing in tennis, there’s always next week,” Zverev said.
“You always have the next opportunity; there’s always another match in the near future. It’s very important to have that mindset”.