Germany's Alexander Zverev says he is in a good place right now and that is one of the reasons why he is playing well at the Australian Open. Zverev, seeded at No. 7, saw off Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-2 6-4 to reach the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park.
"I'm happy outside the court, happy on the court, happy in life. Then I think you play your best,” Zverev said, per the ATP Tour. “I have a pretty calm life right now, which is nice for me. I have all the people that are supporting me, all the people that do their jobs here with me”.
Zverev plays next against No. 17 seed Rublev, who is on an 11-match winning streak after winning Doha, Adelaide and his first three matches in Melbourne. The Germans owns a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record against the rising Russian star.
"Eleven matches in a row to start the year. I hope I can break that winning streak. But he's been playing amazing, winning both titles back-to-back, making the fourth round here, beating quality players. It's amazing to see him doing the things that he does because I've [been] friends with him since we were 10 years old,” Zverev said of Rublev.
“He's one of the most hard-hitting players on Tour. Out of every position, he can hit a winner. He improved a lot. I think he improved his serve a lot. He improved his movement a lot, as well