Alexander Zverev: 'I am world no. 4 for a reason. I feel much, much better'

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Alexander Zverev: 'I am world no. 4 for a reason. I feel much, much better'

Alexander Zverev achieved his best Grand Slam result at Wimbledon in 2017, when he reached the fourth round, though he is yet to beat a top-50 player in the Slams. But the 20-year-old German is confident he will soon make a difference in the biggest events of the sport. 'That’s nothing to worry about too much,' said Zverev on Saturday. 'A lot of times (it was) not because I played bad, but because I played very good opponents. I lost to Nadal here. I lost to Raonic in Wimbledon. Every time in five sets.'

At the 2018 Hopman Cup he lost three singles matches out of four, but it's not a concern either. 'I've said that always, I will take Hopman Cup as my off-season still. I was doing a lot of hard training there before matches. For me, it was pretty obvious I won't be playing my best tennis there. The way I'm playing now and the way I'm feeling on court now, I feel much, much better, ready to start the first slam. I've showed on multiple occasions over the year that I can play and beat the best guys in the world. I mean, I'm No.4 in the world for a reason. Not trying to sound cocky or anything, but I've always said that I've always been working hard physically, I'm always trying to improve the performance at the Grand Slams. Hopefully I can do so this week.'

About an eventual third round against his brother Mischa, Alexander finally added: 'Look, I haven't done it yet. You can ask me this question when we do (meet). I think it's going to be a very special moment for all of us. I mean, two brothers playing at a Grand Slam together and playing each other is something you won't see very often. If it happens, of course I will want to win. I think he will want to win. It will be a happy moment I think for the whole family.'

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