Alexander Zverev is ready to go far in the Stuttgart Mercedes Cup. Speaking to the press on Monday, the world No. 5 said: "I feel relatively well physically. I always improved my performances over the last few weeks. That's why I decided it's a good idea for me to keep playing.
Mentally, it's always a pleasure for me to be in Germany." Zverev will open his run against John Millman or Dustin Brown on Thursday. The six-time Major winner Boris Becker thinks it was not a good choice by Zverev to play every week, as Sascha is committed to Halle too.
“These tournaments are very important", he continued. "I play two tournaments in Germany, which I always love doing, which for me, on a personal level, is very, very important. Stuttgart, I haven’t been here for a few years now, so this is why I have great motivation to do well and obviously also enjoy my time here.
Halle is also a tournament that I always love. So for me, of course, you want to play your best tennis in the final of Wimbledon. But to do that you’ve got to play great before as well. I hope that the grass-court season continues with how I ended the clay-court season.
I played a few good tournaments in Geneva and in Paris, so I really hope that I [can] continue my good form. I hope to have a good grass-court season. Obviously playing in Stuttgart, playing in front of my home crowd, is something that I always love doing.
I’m looking forward to the tournament here”. Asked when he could become the new world No. 1, Zverev, laughing, concluded: "At the end of this year, if I win all the matches I play..."