Zverev left problems behind: "I found the pleasure of being on the court again"

The German talked about his feelings during the Media Day of the ATP Finals

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Zverev left problems behind: "I found the pleasure of being on the court again"
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Alexander Zverev managed to qualify for the 2023 ATP Finals, after an injury that occurred in the semifinal of the 2022 edition of the Roland Garros. And above all after a season dotted with many problems relating to his private life.

After the German tennis player's terrible ankle injury in the semi-final of the Roland Garros 2022, the only hope of tennis fans was to see him back on the court as soon as possible. Zverev came back to the court in 2023 and winning even just one match seemed like a mountain to climb.

But champions react precisely in difficult moments, and in just a few months the German tennis player managed to turn his season around, even managing to qualify for the Finals in Turin. During Media Day the 26-year-old German spoke about how satisfying and equally unexpected it was to be part of the year-end tournament among the best eight in the world.

For Zverev the Finals goal was unthinkable at the beginning of the year. "At the beginning it was difficult, the idea of being in Turin didn't even cross my mind. I was thinking more about how to get back to winning matches, I was winning very few of them, and with them there was also a shortage of points for the ranking.

I think the summer was the turning point. I got to the semifinals at Roland Garros, and that was the key moment. From then on I rediscovered all the pleasure of being on a tennis court," declared the former world number two. As reported by the official website of the Nitto ATP Finals, the injury was a dark moment for the German.

"I've learned that you can't get what you want right away. You need to be patient sometimes and work hard for the goals you really want to achieve. Before the injury I was so close to becoming No.1 in the world, but then everything was taken away from me in a heartbeat and afterwards I found myself No.27 in the world.

Being back in the top 8 and being able to take part in this tournament is truly something special," said Zverev. The German then talked about his next opponents in Turin. On Medvedev, Zverev declared: "Before this season we were tied in head-to-head matches.

Then this year came. We challenged each other often in the first part of the season, and then two more times in the second half, and there the balance is 1-1. He's a player who doesn't give you anything. He's like a wall, if you want to win you really have to break him down." Words of esteem also for Carlos Alcaraz: "He's been one of the best players in the world for two years.

He won two Grand Slams and was world no.1. He'll be tough, and that's no surprise. To beat him you need to play to the best of your ability. When I succeeded it was because I really played my best tennis. If you don't play at that standard, or if you play just below that standard, if you don't hit the ball perfectly, then you don't have a chance."

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