World No. 7 Alexander Zverev believes he is now ready to perform at a high level on the biggest stage and claim his maiden Grand Slam title. Two weeks ago, Zverev fell just short of winning it all at the US Open as world No.
3 Dominic Thiem won the final 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (6). "In my mind I was also happy for him, because he is a friend to me. I do believe that he is going to win more Grand Slams, but I think the one in New York was quite important for him," Zverev said, per Sky Sports.
"I know how close I've gotten. I had one hand on the trophy, but I do believe that I can win them now."
Zverev admits it's not easy at the French Open
Zverev kicked off his French Open campaign with a straight-set win over Dennis Novak and he plays next Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
"We'll see how it goes here. Obviously it's not going to be the easiest Slam for me with how the conditions are, with how the preparation was for me. But we'll see how it goes now, the French Open, and the following years to come, as well," Zverev added.
Meanwhile, Vasek Pospisil blasted the French Open organizers after losing to Matteo Berrettini in the first round. "Yeah, much worse. At least for the players, the hotel, the hotel we're staying at, it's tough.
We don't have anything. The US Open there was a much bigger effort I felt from the organization to make the time in the bubble a little bit more comfortable for the players. That's for sure. I mean, I think almost every player I've spoken to was sharing the same opinion," Pospisil said, per Ravi Ubha.
Elsewhere, Australian John Millman suggested he felt a bit relieved after his clay season came to an end. "I don't mind the dirt. I find this place pretty frustrating. I think I played it five times now, main draw. Every time I seem to play a pretty good player in the first round.
If you go back and look at the draws, I think it's been Isner, Bautista Agut, Shapovalov, Zverev and now Carreno Busta. They can all play all right tennis," Millman said after losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in the French Open first round, per Ravi Ubha.
"Yeah, look, I'm probably looking forward to getting off it, hopefully reset and go again. Can't go home obviously because of COVID, the two-week quarantine you have to face when you go back home. You haven't really got any other choices but to keep playing."