Alexander Zverev opened the Davis Cup tie between Spain and Germany on a high note, beating David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 6-2. In the post-match interview, the world No. 4 said: 'I had to keep pushing, play my game, I’m just happy to get the result.
I played more aggressively as the match went on. I played a decent match, especially if we consider that it’s my first clay court match in a very long time, so it was great to find my rhythm so quickly.
I was coming from a quick surface like Miami. I came to Valencia on Monday night and I had less training sessions. That's why I feel satisfied with my performance.' He is also struggling to adapt to the European time zone: 'I needed four people and my dog to make me wake up at 8am', he revealed.
Until Thursday, he had always slept until noon. Zverev had admitted that it would have been difficult for Philipp Kohlschreiber to beat Rafael Nadal: 'With Nadal in their team, it's a point we’re not expecting to get, so it’s important to start well.
Hopefully, the team can continue like this.' About an eventual match against Nadal on Sunday, he added: 'I have to improve things, like serve, if I want to have options against him.' ALSO READ: Revealed: Novak Djokovic's net worth .