Alexander Zverev ‘playing the best he ever has’ claims multiple Slam champion
Alexander Zverev is playing at the peak of his powers at the US Open according to this legend and former world number one.
Seven-time Slam champion Mats Wilander likes what he is seeing from the world number four, and expects that the German will be exceptionally difficult to beat for almost anyone in the draw.
Zverev is in an excellent vein of form, winning singles gold at the Tokyo Olympics before claiming a fifth Masters 1000 title at the Cincinnati Open.
“I love watching Sascha (Zverev) play because he plays so fast in between points and then he serves so fast and so hard,” Wilander said as an expert for Eurosport.
“Yes, he is going to be so hard to beat here because that serve is absolutely unbelievable.
“I love the way he is being far more proactive in the court and we are talking about just a little bit of a difference but it makes such a huge difference to know that if you hit a short ball to Sascha, then he is going to take it and come forwards. That will scare some players tremendously.”
Zverev has so far won his first two matches without facing a break point, let alone dropping a set, and has spent under three hours on-court total.
His win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas takes the fourth seed’s win streak up to 13 since Wimbledon.
“He is playing so well,” Wilander adds. “To me, he is easily playing the best tennis I have ever seen him play.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean I think he is hitting the ball better on the backhand and the forehand, or his serve is better but he is more hungry on the court.
“He is taking short balls and he is keen to come to the net and that puts so much pressure on the opponent. It’s almost like something has changed in his mind and he wants to become an aggressive tennis player.
“Everyone needs to watch out, Sascha Zverev is most probably going to be the toughest player to beat in this tournament apart from Novak Djokovic.”
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