Alexander Zverev Miami Open 2022

‘I’d never bet against him’ – Alexander Zverev backed for Slam success by former world number two

Former world number two Tommy Haas has no doubt Alexander Zverev will return to full fitness from his ankle injury and go on to fulfil his potential and win a Slam title. 

Zverev has been sidelined since a terrifying moment in his French Open semi-final saw the German tear ligaments in his right ankle.

The 25-year-old is recovering and rehabilitating the foot after surgery, with compatriot Haas giving his thoughts on the star’s future.

“Suddenly you’re in your late 20s and still don’t have a [Slam] title, but I wouldn’t bet against him under any circumstances,” Haas told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “After torn ligaments in the semi-finals of the French Open, he has just had to take a longer break for the first time. After that you have to regain your confidence and strength.

“However, he has a good environment and I’m sure he won’t have to wait long before he comes back to the top of the world.”

Zverev is already ranked at a career-high of world number two, behind Daniil Medvedev and ahead of Rafael Nadal.

However, 4,150 of his ranking tally of 6,850 will drop over the course of the rest of the season.

That means Zverev will have 2,700 points at the end of 2022 should he not play again this year.

As a result, he would likely drop out of the top 10 for the first time since breaking into it in July 2017 aged 20.

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