German tennis ace Alexander Zverev has stated that his Australian Open 2021 was a disappointing campaign as his search for a maiden Grand Slam title continues. Zverev had been in terrific form heading into the tournament as he helped his country reach the semi-final of the ATP Cup. He seemed to have carried the form into the Australian Open as well and went into his quarter-final match against Novak Djokovic on a more or less equal footing.
This was because of the Serb’s muscle tear and the seventh seed Zverev was expected to push his opponent. However, all he could push him to was a four-set match. Zverev has now stated that he wants to win titles instead of just matches as the youngster’s record reads just three titles in two years with zero from above the ATP 250 level.
Alexander Zverev reflects on the Australian Open
Alexander Zverev spoke to Eurosport about his campaign in the Australian Open and said, “I thought I showed very good tennis, but somewhere it was also a disappointing trip for me. In my career now, I am where I no longer want to play nice tournaments or nice matches, but I want to win. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that here.”
“(The trip showed) that I can play with the best and also win against the best. So I take a lot of positive things with me. But all in all it was disappointing that I was out in the quarter-finals, even though it was against the No. 1 in the world,” Zverev added.
The 23-year-old then talked about popularizing the sport in his home country. “(I would like to) make tennis more popular in Germany. Angelique Kerber has done a lot with her Grand Slam victories in recent years. And I hope that the German boys will do something too. (I hope) that I will always go far in the Grand Slams. But others like (Jan-Lennard) Struff and our doubles boys, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, who have already won two Grand Slams, also have a lot to do with it,” he signed off.