Alexander Zverev: 'I am sure the breakthrough will come'


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Alexander Zverev: 'I am sure the breakthrough will come'

Alexander Zverev is looking forward to the last part of the season. The 20-year-old will play in Shanghai, Vienna, Paris Bercy, the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan and the ATP Finals in London. 'I'm going to go out there, I'm going to try my best, play every match, you know, full and we'll see how it goes,' Zverev said in press conference on Monday in Shanghai. 'I'm ready for the upcoming events. I'm ready for this one. I'm ready for the next big ones in Europe, and obviously London, as well. Obviously I'm waiting for the breakthrough. Not waiting; I'm doing a lot of stuff for it. I'm practising, working hard. I'm sure it will come. I'm very, very sure about it.'

He received an unexpected break after losing in the second round at the US Open to Borna Coric, which he says he used well to train. 'I had five days off of doing nothing, and then I did ten days of just physical [training]. I did kind of a mini-off-season, actually. I didn't put down the racquet for too long. I would have had five days no matter what I did at the US Open. I just used it for training. I was still home, still enjoying Monaco a little bit. I was still at the sea and that helps mentally, as well.'

Despite his successes this year, he's yet to make it beyond the fourth round at Majors, and this year didn't defeat any top-50 player in any of the four Slams. But, Zverev has a lot of positives to take from those losses. 'I didn't lose bad Grand Slam matches, apart from the US Open. US Open I think was bad for me. I think I played bad,' the world no. 4 recognized. 'Apart from that, I lost to Rafa five sets in Australia. I lost to Milos [Raonic in] five sets at Wimbledon, who was the finalist the previous year. You know, even in Roland Garros I felt like Fernando Verdasco played a good match against me.'

Zverev, who reached the third round on Wednesday, also praised the Shanghai Masters: 'I think Shanghai is one of the best Masters that we have. I think maybe [it] is the second-best Masters after Indian Wells, even.'

He finally spoke about the challenges that players face in playing Beijing and Shanghai back-to-back. 'One thing that is very difficult for me and I think for all the other players I talk to is coming from Beijing where the courts were not that fast and we play with a Head ball, which is the fastest ball on tour, and here I think the court is the fastest court on Tour that we have and we play with Dunlop balls, which are the slowest balls,'  Zverev said. '

So I think that is maybe the biggest challenge, but that has nothing to do with the place we are at. I think maybe the tournament has to have a little bit better communication with each other so we don't feel like we are coming, you know, to a different continent, to a completely different place. I think the conditions have to be quite similar, big back-to-back tournaments. I think Montreal and Cincinnati do it well. I think Rome and Madrid do it well. They play the same ball. Other tournaments, Indian Wells and Miami obviously do it very well, the court and the balls are exactly the same. I think here they should maybe talk to each other a little bit more, do that, but apart from that, it's all great.'

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