We are about to find out quickly if Alexander Zverev has solved his problems in Grand Slams. The German who has only been to one Slam quarterfinal, says he now knows what the issue is.
“I came to [ATP Finals] and I wasn’t playing my best,” Zverev said Saturday in Melbourne. “I lost to Khachanov 6-2, 6-1. I lost to other guys. I really wasn’t playing well. I came to London saying, Look, it’s the last tournament of the year, we’re all tired, you want to go on holidays. I want to enjoy it as much as I can. I’m playing the best players in the world, I’m going to see how it goes.
“At the end of the week, I won the tournament. I kind of learned out of that. I kind of figured out I have to have the same mentality when I play at slams. I hope I can achieve that.”
More pressing, the German 21-year-old injured his hamstring at the Hopman Cup then hurt his foot earlier in the week practicing on-site at the Australian Open.
“The ankle is fine,” said Zverev. “It’s just a little bit swollen. I didn’t actually twist it. I just kind of went over it a little bit. You know, actually what happened was a bone pushed against another bone. There was, like, inflammation between those two bones.
“I’m fine. I’m going to play with the tape. It’s just a little bit uncomfortable, but it’s nothing that can get worse or anything like that. I’m actually quite relaxed about it.”
Zverev, who has never been beyond the third round in Australia, opens play on Tuesday against Aljaz Bedene.
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