He had been asking for more in the Grand Slam, as he had already performed in other kinds of tournaments. And now in 2020 it seems that the time has come for Alexander Zverev. The 23-year-old German reached his second consecutive semifinal in the big tournaments and reached important marks in the New York cement.
Zverev, who is currently four places away from his career peak, the No. 3 in the ATP world rankings, was 1-3 in matches against Croatian Borna Coric and started easily losing the opening set. But he recovered, showed a presence in the decisive moments and became the first German semi-finalist at the US Open in 25 years.
Yes, since Boris Becker in 1995, a German did not reach the penultimate round at the New York Grand Slam. A long time passed, without a doubt, and now the right-hander from Hamburg is not satisfied and wants to go for more. That “plus” will be trying to advance for the first time in his professional career to a Major final.
In addition to the historic landmark appointment for a German, Zverev became the first male born since 1988 who linked two consecutive appearances in the Grand Slam semifinals, since last January he played that instance at the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, Zverev became the fourth tennis player born since 1990 with two Grand Slam semis and the first among those born since 1994. In his case, he was born in 1997.
With his varied game, the German continues to achieve special marks, such as that of November 1998, when he was the first from his country to be crowned “Maestro” after 23 years, since Becker won in 1995, being a local in Frankfurt. Now, of course, more and more will be asked of you.