His hand is warm and he wants more. German Alexander Zverev, a new Cincinnati Masters 1000 champion, said he is aiming for the US Open. He admits that he is one of the favorites to finally win his first Grand Slam title and claims that Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 in the world, is the great candidate in New York.
Zverev, 24, has four titles in 2021 and a record of 38 wins and 11 losses, including gold at the Tokyo Olympics and two Masters 1000, in Madrid and the new one in Cincinnati, plus the Acapulco crown. For this reason, the United States Open is coming, the fourth and last Major of the year and the German recognizes being one of the men to beat.
“Everybody wants the US Open to start now. I know I am one of the favorites, but there are players with a lot of quality who also have their chances of winning. Novak Djokovic will return and obviously he will be the big favorite, the main one. Besides, there are others in very good shape, “said Zverev, after winning his fifth Masters 1000 cup.
“There is still a bit of work ahead for New York. I have to get used to the conditions of the court. I hope to play a role very similar to last year, where I was at the gates of my first Grand Slam,” he said, after remember that he lost the final to the Austrian Dominic Thiem.
Zverev ended the Serb’s hope of landing the Golden Slam this season by beating him in the semi-finals of the Olympics. Likewise, the Serbian has the option of the complete Grand Slam, since this season he was already champion in Australia, Roland Garros and Wimbledon and only has the US Open left.
“I think he’s going to play amazing tennis. It’s going to be fresh. I think like Rublev is having a great time. Medvedev, Tsitsipas, … everyone is playing great tennis. It’s going to be a very interesting US Open. But I’m wanting to compete, because I know where I am, how I am playing, and I hope I can continue in this line. Hopefully I can do even better in New York, “he concluded.