German Fed Cup captain Rainer Schuttler says that top ranked German Alexander Zverev's performance at the Australian open is a good indicator that he will eventually win a Grand Slam tournament, according to an interview to Focus.
Schuttler, who will be traveling to Brazil with the German team for this weekend's Fed Cup tie, says, "Sascha is a good guy and a great player. He will go his own way and eventually win a Grand Slam tournament. He is far too good not to win one."
Zverev reached a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time in his career at Melbourne after struggling early on at the ATP Cup. "Like many others, I was a bit surprised because it did not see it coming at it. I can hardly judge it from the outside, but the long season last year, followed by the exhibition matches with Roger Federer - the preparation looked not optimal from the outside...Sascha must have trained incredibly hard to find the rhythm again, especially on the serve - he obviously did a great job."
Schuttler said that Zverev had some great chances against Thiem, adding that, "only a few points made the difference. Hats off to Sascha's tournament." Schuttler is leading the German Fed Cup team this weekend against Brazil in Florianopolis where they will take on Brazil on February 7th and 8th.
The winner of the tie will qualify for the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary in April. This will be the first year that the Fed Cup would be played under the new format.