One of the most promising young guns on the ATP Tour – Alexander Zverev spoke about fellow next-gen superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas, saying that he is happy for the Greek and his rise to the top. Zverev has often being touted as the Next Gen but has failed to seep in the pressure as much as Tsitsipas has, who eventually has stolen the spotlight from the German.
"The best thing that could have happened for me is how good Tsitsipas' clay court season was," said Zverev. "I actually do believe that. I'm happy for him." Seeded sixth at the French Open, Tsitsipas bowed out in the fourth round to Stan Wawrinka whereas Zverev made it to the Quarterfinals for a second year running where he is set to face World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
It took Tsitsipas nine appearances to reach his first Slam quarter-final - Zverev needed 15. "He can be proud. He is a new superstar all of a sudden,” Zverev said. "And for me, it was actually quite a nice thing that not all of the attention of the kind of 'NextGen' thing is only going my way."
Zverev is also involved in a legal battle with his former manager, making it tough for him to focus on his tennis. "I had to do a lot of things that I usually don't do, a lot of management stuff, a lot of lawyer stuff, so things that I'm not used to doing," he explained.
"That kind of things took my focus away a little bit from tennis. But I'm in the quarter-finals here, so something seems to be working all right now."