After a disastrous start to the new season, world No. 7 Alexander Zverev got back to the basics and put up a hard work on the practice court as he desperately wants to avoid a disappointing Australian Open result. Zverev, the top-ranked German tennis player, failed to deliver for Germany at the ATP Cup and lead them to a good result as the world No.
7 was beaten in each of his three singles matches played and his side didn't reach the knockout stage. The German won the first set he played at the ATP Cup but then lost the next six sets as he picked up a three-set defeat against Alex de Minaur of Australia, while he was beaten in two sets by Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
"Probably spent most time on courts this week from all. Five, six hours a day. You shouldn't do this before a Slam but I needed it. Im not the favourite. But Im happy that I can go out confident again. Worked on my serve a lot -- no surprise which I couldn't before the ATP Cup," Zverev said, per Jannik Schneider.