Germany's Alexander Zverev says that spending time with Roger Federer during the exhibition tour in Latin America helped him a lot, according to the Excelsior website. Zverev was speaking after losing to American Tommy Paul in the second round of the ATP Mexican Open.
Zverev, who struggled in 2019 after winning the season-ending ATP Finals in 2018, commented, "Just having time with Roger on the plane and in the hotels, was something incredible. I think that experience helped me a lot for the Australian Open.
He told me many things and that was something important. Now my goal is to improve my game, the rest will come by itself, as happened in Australia." Zverev reached his first Grand Slam semi-final in Australia and says he is feeling good once again after problems off the court, including a break up with his agent and the related legal problems and changing coaches, affected his game last year.
"When you do not win and you are a little depressed it is difficult to understand what is happening. In the age I am (22 years old) I am supposed to improve and suddenly the opposite happens, a few games, a few defeats and so you go from one tournament to another.
Leaving that cycle was not easy. ” The German, ranked No. 7 in the world currently, added that making changes, including rehiring his father as his coach and joining Federer's Team 8 agency, helped improve things. "Having my dad as the main coach again was the best change of 2019.
Overall, my life began to be easier towards the end of the year. I was more relaxed with the change of representative and I just had to worry about what I was doing on the court."