French Open – In the shadow of the favorites: Zverev hopes for his real tennis

Alexander Zverev’s shape curve recently pointed up slightly. At the start of the French Open, he is already challenged on Sunday.

Alexander Zverev knows exactly what he is talking about when he says: “It takes a lot more to win a Grand Slam tournament than just play tennis.” Year after year, he started in Melbourne, Paris, London and New York – so far always in vain. So why should an upstart like the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in Roland Garros, of all things?

Zverev disturbs the fact that the sensational teenager is suddenly declared a top favorite for the climax of the sandplace season. This was also reported by his brother Mischa. The old masters Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the top of the bookmakers’ notes – the extremely ambitious Zverev still likes this. But Alcaraz? “No!” Not the one.

“It was so according to the motto: ‘I don’t put up with that. Now my time has come, now I want to win, and I want to become the favorite and prove it to everyone,” said Mischa at eurosport. Only with despite Sascha Zverev will hardly bring it to the Grand Slam winner. He has to increase in Paris because his season has been disappointing so far.

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The shape curve is pointing up, with the semi -finals in Monte Carlo and Rome and the final in Madrid, Zverev can live, but a title has not yet jumped out in 2022 – and that is “a bit disappointing”, as he was two days admitted before the beginning of the French Open. He will finally show his “real tennis”, Zverev hopes in Paris, where he will meet the Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner in the first round on Sunday.

Alexander Zverev wants to show his “real” tennis

Zverev will have to show his “real” tennis in a possible quarter -finals against young star Alcaraz at the latest, against whom he had been invalidated in the final of Madrid. However, the title would still be far away: also in half of the tableau – and thus possible hurdles in the semi -finals – are Nadal and Djokovic, for Zverev anyway the hottest candidates.

“It’s funny,” said Zverev, after watching the last struck Nadal during training. In his clay court Roland Garros, where Nadal has triumphed unique triumph 13 times, his forehand is “suddenly 20 miles faster and he moves more easily. There is something in this place that makes it 30 percent better.”

Djokovic, in turn, finds back to his shape, said Zverev about the Serbs. “He gets better on sand day to day and he played fantastically in Rome.” And then in the other half of the tableau, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, which is not part of Zverev’s favorite opponents on sand. In short: The Olympic champion is only an outsider in the fight for the Coupe de Mousquetaires.

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But that’s exactly what he sees a chance. Majors sometimes prevented his own expectations from calling up his best performance. The triumph at a Grand Slam tournament is “the ultimate goal”, the pressure accordingly high, said Zverev and immediately passed it on to the next generation. It is “interesting to watch” how Carlos Alcaraz “will handle it”.

Tennis: Alexander Zverev without losing a set in the semi -finals of Rome

After the final in Madrid, Alexander Zverev is also in the semi -finals in Rome. The big opponents only come. The constitution of the sandplace king Rafael Nadal meanwhile raises a few days before the French Open questions.

After the third two -set victory within three days, Alexander Zverev had only one question: “When can I go back to the Center Court?” The second, temporary place in the Rome Foro Italico did not like the tennis Olympic champion at all. The underground is really “bad”, the numerous place errors could “frustrate quite a bit,” said Zverev.

The fact that the frustration was limited, the racket was not flew over the sand this time, was due to the next increase in performance of the 25-year-old Hamburg. The 7: 5, 6: 2 against the Chilean ash specialist Cristian Garin, “a very good opponent”, as Zverev later explained, was another step forward towards the French Open (from May 22nd), the great goal of the German.

“It may not always be the most beautiful tennis,” he said, “but I did my job.” That is the most important thing. Without loss of sets, Zverev, Champion from 2017, reached the semi -finals, its third at the third clay court masters of the season. But that’s not enough for him. Only the first title of the year would give Zverev additional momentum for Paris.

Because he has to conquer the greats of his guild, stronger opponents than the clay court ravish Sebastian Baez and Garin or the nimble Australian Alex de Minaur. In the semifinals, either in Monte Carlo (defeat) and Madrid (victory) of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas or the Italian Jannik Sinner. In the final possibly the recovered Serb Novak Djokovic.#

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Only one who is never really missing when it gets serious when it comes to sand: Rafael Nadal, ten-time winner in Rome, 13-time champion in Roland Garros, Grand Slam record winner. The Spaniard flew not only from the tournament late Thursday evening, his foot injury, which had him limp against the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, raises questions.

“I’m not hurt, I’m a player who lives with an injury,” said Nadal defiantly. Sometimes he doesn’t notice anything, but sometimes the foot hurts “like crazy”. Nadal had brought the pain around the second half of the year last season, almost sensational, he got the 21st major title after his comeback in Australia, but the foot remains its problem area.

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Can he defend his kingdom in the Stade Roland Garros against young, carefree attackers such as Zverev, Tsitsipas or his spectacular compatriot Carlos Alcaraz? Can he prevent Djokovic from catching up to him in the eternal Grand Slam ranking? “What will be in the next few days? I don’t know,” said Nadal in Rome. And in a week? “I really can’t say it!”

ZVEREV outraster: Serena Williams criticized to mild punishment

Serena Williams feels the punishment, which Alexander Zverev had received after his outraster in Acapulco, as too mild. In the interview with cnn she said, “Definitely with two-way measured. If I had done that, I would probably land in prison.”

At the ATP tournament about two weeks ago, ZVEREV had smashed his racket on the chair of the referee, almost hit the foot of the referee, and referred to as “damned idiots”. The Olympic champion was then excluded from the tournament and had to pay a fine – an ATP also reserves another punishment.

This is too little for Williams. “You can recognize the double morale, if you see other things on the tour. Then you ask yourself, what would happen if I had done that?” Said the 23-color Grand Slam winner. She himself had a line-judge verbally attacked in 2009 at the US Open: “With God, I swear that I push you one of these damned balls in the neck. I swear it.” Then she played two years on probation.

In the US Open Final 2018 against Naomi Osaka, Serena had also provided headlines for headlines: After a coaching violation she had referred to the then chair referee, among other things as a “liar” and “thief”.

To a career end, the younger ones of the two Williams sisters do not think of their now 40 years. “I still love tennis, I still train.” The 24 Grand Slam titles of the Australian Margaret Court still did not abandon them. Her last tournament is almost a three-year year: In Wimbledon she had to give up in the first round.

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ZVEREV is currently playing for the German Davis Cup team in Brazil. In the qualification he was fair to his clear favorite role and won against Brazil’s number two Thiago Seyboth wildly with 6: 4 and 6: 2.

ZVEREV motivated as never ripping ass for the Grand Slam

After his victory at the ATP Finals, Alexander Zeal says goodbye to the holidays with two major goals: he wants to get the first Grand Slam title 2022 and become the number one in the world.

Under palm trees on the snow-white beach and crystal clear water to lay only on the lazy skin, the stand Alexander Zeal not in mind. Of course, he wanted to do a lot of nonsense with his friends on vacation in the Maldives and relax — but after his triumph at the ATP Finals the Olympic champion also rose in the plane with a lot of energy in Milan. I think as soon as we arrive, we will start to train, Zeal announced.

This perfect conclusion of an already outstanding season with the gold medal in Tokyo and two Masters titles made you want more. Therefore, the 24-year-old on Monday had the swimming trunks on the way to paradise as well as the great goals for the new year: Zeal wants to celebrate his first Grand Slam victory 2022 — and directly as the second German to Boris Becker the number one become the world.

They are the only two gaps that the hamburger still has in his already impressive title collection. Especially the victory on one of the four most important tennis stages of the world, VERY has long been hunting for a long time, and according to the title at the final tournament of the annual best professionals, he is closer to this goal than ever. I can only say one thing: Ill do anything for it, Zeal explained, I will put so much work as possible and tear my ass to do that.

The two fulminant victories in Turin about industry prime Novak Djokovic and then in the final against Daniel Mercedes, the numbers one and two in the world, Zeal have given a huge boost. Im so motivated as never for the next year, he said at the Sky microphone: I want to achieve a lot.

Zeal wants to push Djokovic from the throne

Especially in the fight for the top position in the ranking, VERY, which also has the best chances of award as Germanys athletes of the year, expects a hot fight next year. I think the goal has Novak, the goal has Mercedes, and I have the goal of course too. Thats clear, said Zeal: But you have to say: Novak was dominant this year, he has three Grand Slams won.

However, in the coming year, the generation will be sending around Zeal, Mercedes (25) or Stefano Tsitsihar (23) to find the Serbian Top star finally from the throne. The fact that Zeal is ripe for the very big litter also believe his two worst adversaries.

Hes a great player who is able to beat everyone, said US Open Champion Mercedes, who was amazingly open to the dominant 6: 4, 6: 4 of the German top priority in the final: He can on everyone Case win a Grand Slam. Major record champion Djokovic also praised Zeal as a fantastic tennis player and was sure: He will soon be a Grand Slam Champion.

But first for VERY on vacation, the recovery is in the foreground after a long and powerful season. Extremely many friends come with, we all travel together, he told, We will have a lot of fun, I think. But at the latest after five, six days he will start in the Maldives with the preparation: We do not have a lot of time. The big goals are already waiting.

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