Alexander Zverev backhand

Alexander Zverev ‘extremely happy’ to beat Kevin Anderson and reveals his new secret weapon

Alexander Zverev was ‘extremely happy’ to have got through his tough US Open first round match against Kevin Anderson.

The German came into the tournament on the back of a disappointing loss to Andy Murray at the Western and Southern Open when he double-faulted himself out of the match whilst serving for it.

Anderson, a former US Open and Wimbledon finalist but who is not seeded due to a rough recent time with injuries, was always going to a be difficult first test for someone.

That test was given to Zverev, and he came through it 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

“I am actually quite happy with a first round like that,” Alexander Zverev said after the match.

“Kevin is not someone you usually play in a first round. This is a fourth round, quarter-final, semi-final match normally against him. I am extremely happy to be through.”

Zverev was particularly impressive at the net, and he says that’s something he has been working on.

”[My volley] is something that I worked on in these six months,” said Zverev.

“It was my serve, my volleys that I worked on. In the [Western & Southern Open] match, I thought I did those two things well until the really important moments and I wanted to do it differently to finish off the match today.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.