Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Germany’s Alexander Zverev stated he felt in prime form for 2020 Thursday regardless of solely beginning to hit balls every week in the past after an low season curtailed by a profitable exhibition tour.
The 22-year-old solely gained one title final 12 months, in Geneva, not fairly taking the step up that many had predicted as he slipped from fourth to seventh within the males’s tennis rankings.
However Zverev stays a giant drawcard and he completed 2019 taking part in a five-stop exhibition tour of South America and China with Roger Federer.
Though the tour meant a shorter low season than regular, Zverev insisted it made little distinction.
“I imply, nonetheless I feel I had a very good low season. It was slightly bit completely different. It was shorter this 12 months, for positive,” he stated on the ATP Cup group occasion in Brisbane.
“I solely began taking part in tennis every week in the past, just about, so I haven’t got plenty of tennis apply but, which I’ll construct up.
“However I really feel good. I really feel fairly match once more. My bodily (situation) was by no means actually my drawback. It was to start with of my profession, however within the final one, two years it is by no means been an issue.
“I do know I can final matches, I do know I can play longer than most guys.”
Whereas Zverev is assured about his on-court stamina, he admitted he might have performed higher final 12 months and desires to place that proper this season.
“For me I must get my tennis again slightly bit and form of have a recent begin as nicely,” he stated.
“Clearly, the final 12 months I completed quantity seven on this planet. I had good tournaments, but it surely was nonetheless not the 12 months that I wished to have and I hope I can form of enhance this 12 months.”
Zverev is taking part in the inaugural ATP Cup below the captaincy of German nice Boris Becker and he’s assured they may do nicely, regardless of being in a tricky group with the Nick Kyrgios-led Australia.
Beneath the match format, 24 nations are break up into six round-robin teams throughout Brisbane, Perth and Sydney with solely eight groups qualifying for the knockout section.
“We’ve got a very good group. We’ve got prime doubles gamers on this planet. We’ve got myself, Jan-Lennard (Struff), Mats (Moraing), who’re nice singles gamers,” he stated.
“So we wish to give ourselves the most effective probability to win and I feel Boris can play a giant half in that.
“He can play a giant half in what he’ll say on the bench, the vitality that he has. I imply, he is likely one of the most iconic sportsmen in German historical past.”