In an interview to Sport Senators Boris Becker commented on Alexander Zverev's struggles in the Grand Slams. Zverev reached two Majors quarter-finals so far, in the last year and this year's French Open. "Reaching a Grand Slam semifinal or final is pretty complicated.
You need to have the whole package and be at your best. Also, you need three weeks because you get there one week before the tournament starts. Taking all those factors, there is still something missing with Sascha. Tennis is strange sometimes; when he lost in the Rome first round you may have thought that he had no chances to comeback, then he went to Geneva getting a wild card, he played bad and in the end he won the title.
In a tough moment you can find the right key, but I think getting less pressure and attention may help him", said Becker. On the popularity of German tennis, he added: "We are having a tennis resurgence. Over the last two and three years the Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev's successes helped to make the sport popular again.
A special help was given also by Eurosport Germany. Over the recent time, also, with the German National team and Bayern Munich not achieving major results, tennis is becoming more popular." Meanwhile before facing Nadal, Thiem said: “To play Rafa here on this court is always the ultimate challenge, one of the toughest challenges [in] sports in general.
I played a really good match against him in Barcelona. It was six weeks ago. So I try to do similar even though it’s way tougher to play him here”.