Alexander Zverev Miami Open 2022

‘You have to be aggressive’ – Alexander Zverev reveals plan to win Grand Slams

World number three Alexander Zverev believes that an aggressive plan is the key to winning more titles, after he moved a step closer to claiming a sixth Masters 1000 title. 

The German beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta to reach only his second ever quarter-final spot in six attempts at the Monte Carlo Masters and his first quarter-final at the tournament since 2018.

The German stormed the first set, breaking the 13th seed’s serve on two occasions to win the set 6-2. The second set was a much tighter contest with the Olympic Champion having to rally from an early break down in the second set. He was able to battle back and again break the Spaniard twice to claim a 6-2, 7-5 victory.

After claiming titles in Rome in 2017 and Madrid in 2018 and 2021, Monte Carlo remains the only clay Masters event Zverev has not won. Following the match, Alexander Zverev discussed his performance saying it was an important victory for his confidence.

“For the second clay-court match of the season, I can’t complain too much. Yes, I have lost focus a little bit in the second set, but at the end of the day, he’s somebody that can really play. I’m happy with a two-set win.”

“It’s great, because especially on a clay court, especially here where it’s a little bit slower I think than other clay courts that we play on, it is very important to get that confidence going on your serve. All around, it’s important to get these kinds of wins.”

Zverev further discussed his title aspirations claiming the key to success is to be playing aggressively at all times.

“To win the biggest tournaments in the world, like masters series, like Grand Slams, you have to be aggressive,” he explained. “I’m not going to win big titles just by pushing the ball.”

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