MUNICH, April 26, 2016
Alexander Zverev, part of ATP’s NextGen campaign, is one of the key players at this year’s BMW Open by FWU AG. The German youngster just turned 19 last week and reached a new career high 49th position in the ATP rankings on Monday. He will face Malek Jaziri in the opening round.
Teaming-up with his brother Mischa, he already started the tournament in Munich with a 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 victory in doubles over Fabio Fognini and Marco Cecchinato on Monday.
“I never had to play in the snow. It’s been my first time. Compared to sunny Monte Carlo, it was not the nicest experience. Nonetheless, you have to give your best on court and I am happy that we made it into the second round. Doubles always help to improve your game and with Mischa, we have already made it into two finals. It is always great to play with him,” Zverev told afterwards.
The teenager lost to Jaziri last week in Barcelona but he is looking forward to take on the world number 76 from Tunisia again on Tuesday.
“It is a new week, another tournament with totally different conditions. There is also the altitude and the cold weather. I do not know, if Malek is used to this. He is in good shape, captured two titles on the ATP Challenger Tour this season and reached the quarterfinals in Barcelona last week. It’s difficult to play against him. He has a strong forehand and it is difficult to handle his backhand slice. He is one of the most difficult players to face in the opening round.
“The surface is really slow here but I achieved decent results on the clay in the past. So I feel comfortable,” Zverev added.
One month ago, the 19-year-old had a chance to become the youngest man to make the Indian Wells quarterfinals since Michael Chang and Andre Agassi in 1989. Serving at 5-4 in the deciding set against Rafael Nadal, he was one point away from notching his biggest career win. But on match point, Zverev missed a forehand volley.
“People showed me the scene about 1,000 times. Of course it is bitter that I lost the match but on the other hand it also shows, that I am able to keep the pace with Grand Slam champions like Nadal. I even had the chance to win the match. Things like this bad shot can happen, but overall it was a great week for me in Indian Wells. I defeated very good players like Dimitrov and Simon, which was one of my best matches ever. I learned a lot during the week and I take the positives from it,” told the current world number 49, his new career-high position.
“Being ranked inside the top 50 is something I can be proud of. Nonetheless, there is still a lot of work for me to be done in order to get to even higher ranking positions.”