Alexander Zverev - US Open runner-up to Thiem

‘We worked hard on a lot of things’ – Alexander Zverev explains influence of new coach

Alexander Zverev has credited new coach David Ferrer for developing his game this year after he reached the Paris Masters final.

The German beat Rafael Nadal convincingly in Saturday’s semi-final to set up a showdown with Daniil Medvedev for the title.

It means Zverev has won a hugely impressive 21 matches out of his last 24 sine he started working with the recently retired Spaniard, with one of those coming in the US Open final.

“I’m extremely happy,” Zverev said after downing Nadal. “How the season continued for me after the break has been pretty good.

“Obviously I’m very happy with my winning streak.

“I think the biggest influence were the practice we did during the break that we had because of Covid.

“I think we worked quite hard on a lot of things. We improved a lot of things and I think it is showing on court now.

“This was always a tournament where I never did well and now I’m in the final. I hope I can continue playing the way I’m playing.”

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