Zverev shows incredible respect during Ferrer’s last ever match


22 year old World No.4 Alexander Zverev proved that he’s got an old head on young shoulders when he encouraged the crowd to cheer for the legendary Spaniard at match point


It was the German’s honour to be the last opponent for David Ferrer as they were drawn against each other in the second round of the Madrid Open yesterday. And the German proved he has a real sense of occasion when he stopped to encourage the crowd to cheer for Ferrer just before the last point of the match was played out.

Ferrer’s record on the ATP can be compared with some of the greats and up until yesterday he was one of only 4 current players still active on tour to have won more than 700 matches. He also won 27 titles and reached No.3 in the world rankings in the summer of 2013. He signed off with the following message to all his fans:

Today, Zverev faces Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the next round with the winner to play either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Fernando Verdasco.

Zverev will be hoping he can get his clay court season back on track this week after a disappointing time at Morocco, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Munich where he managed just 3 wins in total from 4 tournament appearances.

During the 2018 clay court season Zverev reached the quarter final of Roland Garros, the semi finals in Monte Carlo, the finals of Rome and was the champion in consecutive weeks at Munich and Madrid.

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