Alexander Zverev: 'I struggled to accept losses as a kid'

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Alexander Zverev: 'I struggled to accept losses as a kid'

In an interview to Tennis magazine, Alexander Zverev spoke about the differences between him and his brother Mischa. The 20-year-old said: "Our games are very different because our bodies are very different. He's a bit shorter and stronger than me.

I was the tall, elastic, a bit floppy one. We were bound to play differently. That's also why I say that my dad is the best coach in the world: he saw that from our youngest age, he quickly knew how each of us had to play, and he took us to the top 25; me the top 3.

But in practice, Mischa still often beats me. It's funny because sometimes he doesn't play very well in matches, but he's always at his best when we practice together." We heard that when they were kids, Sascha didn't accept to lose against him and stayed on court until you finally won.

Is it true? "Yes, but it wasn't only against him, it was against everyone! I've always had the winning mentality. Until now, that hasn't changed. But at the same time, your father told you that the most important thing wasn't always to win, when you were younger..

He taught me that the most important thing was t develop my game, to play the right way. He would always tell me that we were training for me to be good when I'm 18, 19, 20 years old and for the rest of my career, by playing the right way.

I have never been number one in Eurppe or in the world at 13, 14 years old. I've only started to be among the best players when I was 16."