A shock loss to 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe yesterday in Cincinnati isn’t worrying Alexander Zverev in the least. The 20-year-old German claimed Washington then won in Montreal beating Roger Federer, and feels that 10-match win streak and two titles have put him in excellent form going into New York.
“It’s been great. I won back-to-back weeks, two big events. Visiting Montreal was very, very special, as well. It’s been a positive summer so far,” said Zverev. “I beat a lot of Top 10 players and have beaten a lot of great players, a lot of tough matches.
“So I feel very confident the way I was playing in the last two weeks. I feel very confident how I am playing right now. And I think going into the US Open, I feel the best I have ever felt maybe going into a Slam. That gives me a lot of confidence, and hopefully I can show that on court, as well.”
Zverev, who cited fatigue as the factor for the loss to Tiafoe, will have almost two weeks to rest before the US Open.
“I always have motivation to play,” he said yesterday. “I always have encouragement. But there is a physical limit to all of us, and I have reached that right now.
“This match is already forgotten. I don’t care that I lost that match. Of course I care that I lost, but, I mean, it’s something that is normal, something that happens to all of us.”
Last year, ranked No. 28 Zverev lost in the second round at the US Open to Dan Evans. This season he’ll go in among the Top 5 favorites and with a Top 5 seeding.
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