'Tsitsipas' reaction to Djokovic win was normal' - Alexander Zverev

The German player comments on Stefanos's win over Novak

by Luigi Gatto
'Tsitsipas' reaction to Djokovic win was normal' - Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev is not a Next Gen player anymore. The world no. 3 has been competing at the highest level for a year-and-a-half now, and in the press conference after his win over Daniil Medvedev, he was asked about how it feels, as a top player (like Zverev), to face the young ones.

'I think all the top guys feel more pressure because everybody is looking for them,' Zverev said. 'Everybody is more excited to play them. You saw the reaction that Stefanos (Tsitsipas) had after he beat Novak (Djokovic). He's not going to have that reaction beating any other player.

So it's normal. That comes with it. And I think it's important to learn how to deal with it. I think I'm doing quite okay with it. After I got to the top 5, I stayed there, and hopefully, I will stay there for many more years to come.

But, yeah, of course, there's a period where you go through where it changes. That will change for Denis (Shapovalov) who is playing right now. It will change for Stefanos. I think everybody will have to go through that. Right now they're still playing freely.

Right now they're still the youngest guys on tour. Right now they don't have any pressure. And, you know, it's going to be interesting to see when they start feeling that they're the hunted and they're the ones that everybody is looking out for, how it will affect them.' Zverev is going through a great time.

He won the last seven matches played between Washington and Toronto so far. 'I feel good. I feel physically pretty well. I feel like I'm playing well. So I get into a rhythm. I get into a rhythm of playing matches one after another, and right now I'm in that rhythm.

So it helps.' The German player was also asked about how he dealt with rain delays, that happened often in the last two weeks between Washington and Toronto: 'For me, it doesn't change. I mean, I take a few more naps maybe during the day and that's it.

But it doesn't matter when you play. You still go out there and try to win. You know, I've been doing it pretty successfully the last few weeks, so hopefully, it will continue.' ALSO READ: Novak Djokovic can reach Roger Federer's 20 Major titles - Gustavo Kuerten

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