German tennis star Alexander Zverev is in good spirits and hoping to do well at the Miami Masters. Zverev didn't enjoy an impressive campaign at the Indian Wells Masters as he suffered a shock second round defeat to Tommy Paul.
It was yet another disappointing result for Zverev in Indian Wells, who hasn't enjoyed much success there throughout his career. However, Zverev has moved on from the Indian Wells disappointment as he is targeting to make a deep run in Miami once again.
Zverev reached his first Masters quarterfinal at the Miami Masters in 2017. The following year, Zverev ended runner-up to John Isner in the Miami final. “The results speak for themselves, don't they? I have never done well in Indian Wells.
If you look at the bigger picture, Indian Wells has always been a tournament where I lost a lot in the second or third round. In Miami, I have already played a final. I reached my first Masters 1000 quarter-finals there. It's a tournament that brings back good memories," Zverev said, per We Love Tennis.
Zverev hoping to bounce back in Miami
After a first round bye in Indian Wells, Zverev clashed Paul in the second round. Paul, ranked at No. 36 in the world, clinched the biggest victory of his career after handing Zverev a 6-2 4-6 7-6 (2) loss.
“I never felt out of the match," Paul said after his win. "My gameplan in the tie-break was to play more aggressive than I did the whole match, and see if he comes up with the goods. When I come to the net, see if he comes up with big passing shots, and if he did that, then too good.
That was my process”. Zverev also had a first round bye in Miami as he is set to open his campaign against former world No. 12 Borna Coric.