German Mischa Zverev, Alexander's older brother, was born in Moscow in 1987. In his career he was at the top 25 in the world in 2017, when he reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and the round of 16 at the US Open.
A single trophy on the showcase: the one won in 2018 on the grass of Eastbourne, England, won in the final against Slovakian Lukas Lacko with a score of 6-4 6-4. Today out of the top 250 players in the world, Mischa is mainly dedicated to smaller circuit matches.
The last tournament played by the 33-year-old German was the Challenger of Oeiras, Portugal, where he went out in the second round against Tiago Cacao in three sets. The German on the ATP bubbles system "You can't pick many tournaments right now," said Mischa, as posted on the Punto de Break website.
"I don't mind having to play Futures and Challengers, on the ATP circuit now there are only bubbles and I don't like it at all. I'm not looking for parties or anything like that, I just want to be able to go running on the street or stretch, without having to worry about the rules.
I want to live a normal life that allows me to compete." The eldest of the Zverev brothers nevertheless took part in the Miami Open Masters 1000 qualifiers, overtaking Danilo Petrovic and our Matteo Viola before losing in the opening game of the main draw to James Duckworth in the third set.
Mischa reached two other finals on the ATP Tour in addition to the one he won at Eastbourne: in Metz in 2010 and in Geneva in 2017, defeated respectively by Gilles Simon and Stan Wawrinka. During his career he played only once on the major circuit against his brother Alexander: it took place three years ago in Washington, where he was beaten by a score of 6-3 7-5.
Sascha, as Alexander is nicknamed, recently overtook Roger Federer in 6th place in the ATP rankings. The German player immediately lost to Miami, stopped by Emil Ruusuvuori.