Alexander Zverev makes big prediction on Thanasi Kokkinakis

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Alexander Zverev makes big prediction on Thanasi Kokkinakis

German tenns star Alexander Zverev has Thanasi Kokkinakis to continue his rise and potentially break into the top-20. Kokkinakis, 25, was once one of the most promising players on the ATP Tour as he achieved a career-high ranking of No.

69 as a teenager in 2015. Then, Kokkinakis was struck by bad luck as he spent the next five years battling various injuries and setbacks. In Miami, Zverev didn't let Kokkinakis claim an upset win as he defeated the Australian 6-4 6-4.

Kokkinakis, who has made a strong start to 2022, has returned to the top-100 as he is ranked at No. 97 in the world. Kokkinakis is set to enter the top-85 following his round-of-16 result in Miami. “He will be at the top of the game very shortly, I think.

I think he's going to be top 50, top 20. Then we will see how it goes. He has a massive game. He is obviously a massive talent which was hindered by injuries. I wish him nothing but the best," Zverev said of Kokkinakis, per Tennis Up To Date.

Zverev reveals keys to win over Kokkinakis

“I wanted to shorten the points as it was quite hot,” Zverev revealed after the match. “Thanasi is a very aggressive player so I tried to take that away from him.

I was returning the second serve quite well. I kept putting pressure on him and kept being aggressive and it worked out well”. Even though Kokkinakis lost, it was still a great campaign in Miami for him. Kokkinakis earned himself a Miami main draw place after winning two qualifying matches.

After getting past the qualifying event. Kokkinakis defeated Diego Schwartzman, Richard Gasquet and Denis Kudla to make the round-of-16. Kokkinakis competed well against Zverev but in the end fell short in his attempt to upset the German. It was the first official meeting between Zverev and Kokkinakis.