Alexander Zverev spoke once again about him not playing Davis Cup Finals in Madrid next week. The world No. 7 is heading to South America to play exhibition matches with Roger Federer. The German said: "I said it a lot of times.
I don't think the format is Davis Cup anymore. I think Davis Cup is the most historic event that we have in tennis, which is over 100 years old, and Davis Cup is the home-and-away ties. Davis Cup is the whole atmosphere, the play over three days to play five sets and play those tough matches.
That's Davis Cup for me, and not playing it at one venue for one week and deciding it all. That's not Davis Cup. Davis Cup is going to South America, Davis Cup is going to Australia, like I did when it was the proper Davis Cup.
Yeah, I hope people realize that Davis Cup is more than just money and all that like they are offering us now. It's history, and it's tennis history. Yeah, it's more than just what's on the table for the players now."
Daniil Medvedev was asked what Zverev did differently against him compared to their most recent meeting in Shanghai: "He chose a different court probably 20 times faster (smiling). So I don't think there was another tournament where I was so bad on return during the whole year.
That's where the result came from. I mean, actually if not the first game where I probably lost my concentration, maybe didn't get as well in the match as I could, he didn't have that many chances on return, either. Funny, tennis."