Alexander Zverev (3)

-Germany

-24 years old

-World number three (career high)

-Defending 720 points

Intro and last year

Alexander Zverev at the 2021 Australian Open – Tennis Australia/ ROB PREZIOSO

Last year Alexander Zverev started the Australian Open as the seventh seed, and made it to the Quarterfinals before losing to Djokovic, not the last time Djokovic would cut Zverev’s grand slam run short in 2021. This year the powerful German returns, looking to be an outright favourite, he’s the third seed off the back of a second ATP Finals victory last year.

History at the event

2021 wasn’t his best run, bearing in mind he lost to the eventual winner. He’s made six appearances, and his best result was a semifinal in 2020 in which he beat Rublev and Wawrinka before losing to Dominic Thiem in four close sets.

Alexander Zverev at the 2020 Australian Open – Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

In 2017 Alexander Zverev took Nadal to five sets in a year the Spaniard finished as world number one, but ultimately lost. Meanwhile Alexander’s older brother Mischa beat Andy Murray to make the quarterfinal.

His record is 16-6, giving him a 73% win rate.

Last season

2021 was Zverev’s best season to date. He didn’t beat his best grand slam result (a final at the US Open), but he did bring more consistency in the slams. Zverev made the quarterfinal in the Australian Open, the semifinal in the French Open, a fourth round at Wimbledon and the semifinal at the US Open.

He achieved six title wins, including Olympic gold for Germany, two masters 1000 wins coming in Madrid and Cincinnati, and the ATP Finals.

Zverev with his Olympic Gold at Tokyo 2021

He beat world number one Novak Djokovic twice in 2021 out of five attempts, with those victories coming at the Olympics, and the ATP Finals.

He also beat world number two Daniil Medvedev at their most recent meeting, which came at the ATP Finals final. In 2021 Zverev beat Medvedev once out of four matches.

Zverev after winning the 2021 ATP Finals

Build up and form

Zverev ended his 2021 season, as mentioned by winning the ATP Finals. He started his 2022 at the ATP Cup, where he beat Cam Norrie, lost a doubles match vs the UK, then beat Taylor Fritz. In his last match in the tie against Canada, Zverev lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Positives

Zverev is one of the best, he’s ambitious and strong, the German wants to take on Medvedev and Djokovic this year. He has proven he can beat them, and he’s hungry for his first grand slam.

Alexander Zverev at the 2021 US Open- Darren Carroll/USTA

Negatives

Zverev did not make a grand slam final last year, and has only done it once. In the 2020 US Open final he was extremely nervous. He can beat Medvedev and Djokovic on his day, but more often than not they get the best of him.

Expectations

Zverev is a strong shout for the finals and one of the hot favourites, he can beat anyone when he’s on. He should make the final, but we’ll have to find out if he can win it. He seems hungrier than Medvedev, but Medvedev still seems to be the better player.

Zverev with the ATP finals trophy

Best possible: W

Expected: F

Worst possible: QF

ATP Final 2021 – Zverev v Medvedev

Potential route to victory (predicted by seeding):

R1 – Altmeier

R2 – Millman

R3 – Harris (30)

R4 – Shapovalov (14)

QF – Nadal (6)

SF – Djokovic (1)

F – Medvedev (2)

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