Alexander Zverev Wimbledon 2021

Alexander Zverev looks to reverse awkward Cincinnati stat

Olympic gold medallist Alexander Zverev has a blot on his resume that he will be aiming to rectify at the Masters 1000 event.

The world number five will be taking to the court for the first time since his Tokyo triumph, and in doing so will be seeking a surprising first on the Ohio courts.

Despite competing in the main draw at Cincinnati six times, including four while ranked in the top-10, Zverev has never won a match at the hard court Masters event.

The German lost in the first round in 2015 and 2016 on his first two appearances, and has subsequently lost four times consecutively from 2017 to 2020 despite receiving a first round bye as a top eight seed.

At last year’s tournament, Zverev lost at the hands of Andy Murray, then ranked at world number 134 playing Cincinnati as his first tournament of 2020.

However, it did not stop the then 23-year-old from reaching his first Slam final at the US Open just weeks later.