Alexander Zverev does not like the new rules that have been experimented at the NextGen ATP Finals in Milan in the last couple of years. In a press conference, the 21-year-old said: "Tennis is such an old sport with old tradition, this seven or six-game tradition is something that it should not change.
Our sport is so nice that there should not be stuff changed. As soon as you get broken in a four-game set, the set is pretty much over. I do not like it, I am not a fan of it and I think other players do not like it as well, but what can we do against that."
Tennis and sports have been a tradition in the Zverev family: "When I was younger I always saw my dad and my brother play, saw my mom play club matches so I was always either at home or the tennis courts and I really loved the sport.
Obviously, if you see your brother do something, you want to do it yourself, so that's really how I started and I am happy too that I took this path." Zverev concluded: "My dad has played the Davis Cup for a long time back in the 80s and my mum was also a tennis player back then in the national team, but we moved to Germany in '91.
I did not, they did, I was not born yet. I was born and raised in Germany and I really do not feel like I have a lot to do with Russia anymore. My parents are fully from there but I think I am fully German." Zverev is the third seed at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters this week.
He has been drawn in the same half as the second seed, and 11-time champion, Rafael Nadal, in the bottom half of the draw.