After reaching the Australian Open quarter-final and winning the Acapulco crown, world no. 6 Alexander Zverev is ready for the clay swing. The German will face Lorenzo Sonego in the second round of the home Monte Carlo Masters, feeling excited for the upcoming weeks on clay and saying it is one of his favorite parts of the season.
Alexander is in the same quarter with Novak Djokovic, hoping to meet the Serb for the ninth time and dreaming about winning the title, the one he is missing to complete the clay Masters 1000 events. Four years ago, Zverev lifted the first Masters 1000 trophy in Rome, a couple of weeks after turning 20.
The youngster ousted Milos Raonic, John Isner and Novak Djokovic to secure a massive title and make a name for himself. A year later, the German produced one of the finest Masters 1000 performances to conquer Madrid and earn the second different title at that level on clay.
Alexander won all five matches in dominant style, facing one break point (!!) in the entire tournament and toppling the opponents on both serve and return to emerge at the top. Zverev came to Monte Carlo after an early Miami Open exit, having enough time to prepare for clay and setting eyes on the highest prize.
Alexander Zverev has big plans in Monte Carlo this week.
"I enjoy this time of the year. I like clay and long and physical encounters. I'm looking forward to the upcoming weeks, hoping we can see thrilling matches.
I grew up on clay, and I can make a swift transition from hard to clay, maybe half a day. Of course, you need some time to get used to it after changing the surface. For me, playing on clay is exciting, and I wish the season on the slowest surface is a bit longer.
Monte Carlo is the only clay Masters I haven't won, and I can't wait to play my first match here. I was very happy when I saw who will play in the Miami Open final; two youngsters in the Masters 1000 final is a good thing for our sport.
Both Hurkacz and Sinner will achieve a lot in the future. Sinner is an incredible talent, and I believe he can win many Masters 1000 titles. Novak Djokovic's records speak for themselves. He has won so many things, achieved numerous records and spent the most weeks as world no.
1. Still, he is hungry for more and determined to grab many more records; I think he won't stop until he gets them all. I wish to see him for many more years on the Tour, although I would love to beat him a few more times," Alexander Zverev said.