It seems Alexander Zverev does well under pressure, which may be a mild understatement. Among the allegations from a few relationships that the German has had, he is thriving and doing well in tennis. This is his forte that elevates his entire persona and he plans on playing with pure heart and soul.
The start of the season may have proved very rocky for most players, and this was before the Pandemic. The first slam of the season, the Australian Open saw Zverev defeat an icon, Stan Wawrinka and then the rising player Andrey Rublev in straight sets.
The German had gotten to the semifinals but only to be defeated by Dominic Thiem.
The 7-month hiatus due to the world health crisis may have caused Zverev to stumble and not present a stellar performance at the Cincinnati Open.
He would come back strong in the U.S. Open making it to the final but resulting as a runner up to Dominic Thiem again. It was a 5-set thriller that caused massive crowd fanfare in the stands. The German later said jokingly to Thiem that "I wished you would have missed a little bit more so I could have held that trophy up."
The trip here to the Nitto ATP Finals in London proved that Zverev had brought his game up a few levels from his loss at the Open. The physical and mental toughness was developed over the few events after the Open, where he not only made it to the finals of the Betti1HULKS indoors, but captured the title from Felix Auger-Aliassime.
He went on and won the title at the Betti1HULKS Champtionships defeating Diego Schwartzman. On Zverev's road to the Paris Masters he defeated Stan Wawrinka and then Rafael Nadal keeping his strategies in check and coming up with important returns to be consistent and successful.
But here on clay it wasn't to be as the struggles were real to defeat Daniil Medvedev as he had an answer for every rally. The Russian was playing nearly his best to capture the Rolex Paris Masters title. But the year ending event was something that all who qualified for was excited to go to London.
The Nitto ATP Finals will be a special one this year for Zverev as it's the last time it will be held in the 02 London arena. The German is looking forward to hoisting up the trophy that he missed out on a few times before since this is his fourth straight Nitto appearance.
He won the event a few years ago saying "Everybody knows I didn't have the season that I wanted to have...I still made London..." Zverev has bowed to Daniil Medvedev in the first round at this 2020 Nitto but has won over Diego Schwartzman in the second.
The German is feisty and still determined in this round robin to keep with his tactics to possibly capture the trophy again as he did a few years ago in 2018. The season has been shortened and chanced so much since the Pandemic with its rules on privacy and staying in 'the bubble'
Everyone is just glad the Nitto Finals has gone on despite this being the last year in London. "It's an unbelievable honor to come back here..." Alexander Zverev said honestly. He'll try his best to do well against the Russian Andrey Rublev again to see if he can not only keep hope alive but his skills and strategies in tact to be successful at winning the Nitto once more.