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Titles and Playstation the “new normal” for Alexander Zverev
The German, who won back-to-back trophies in as many weeks in Cologne, has been finding other ways to spend his downtime.
October 27, 2020
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Alexander Zverev isn’t bored of winning—rather, he’s bored, and he’s winning. The 23-year-old German has just won back-to-back titles in Cologne and as usual for players at the moment, he couldn’t do much offsite during the two weeks. But he says he’s now used to it.
“It’s the new normal,” Zverev was quoted as saying by DPA. “You have to find something to do.”
He’s been spending time playing board games and cards “and FIFA on the Playstation,” he said. “There isn’t much more to do.”
It hasn’t hurt his tennis, though, as he toppled Diego Schwartzman in the second final of Cologne. He says his play has been getting better and better.
“That was probably my best match in [these] two weeks,” Zverev said. “And to be honest, I don’t know when I played like this… probably during the [shutdown], in training.”
Now he wants to carry that form into next week’s Paris Masters.
“It’s a Masters event, and we haven’t had that many,” he said, referring to the six Masters events not played this season due to COVID-19.
Next is the ATP Finals in London, which he won in 2018—still the biggest title of his career.
“I’m really looking forward to London,” he said. “This is for me a special place.”
The world No. 7 reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open in September, where he built a two-set lead before falling to Dominic Thiem in five sets. He also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, and recently brought on David Ferrer as his coach.
Zverev, who has also won three Masters titles during his career, has been as high as No. 3 in the rankings.