Alexander Zverev: ‘Beating Kei Nishikori is never easy, I had to fight’

Alexander Zverev made a solid start of the season, reaching the Australian Open quarter-final and winning the title in Acapulco. Struggling with an elbow injury, Alexander won only two matches in Miami, Monte Carlo and Munich, unable to practice his serve and failing to deliver his best tennis. The German decided to take a shot and practice serve ahead of Madrid, feeling better and scoring a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Kei Nishikori in the second round in 74 minutes. Alexander lost 14 points in nine service games, suffering one break and stealing Kei’s serve four times after a dominant performance on the return that sent him over the top. The German had 24 winners and 15 unforced errors and overpowered the Japanese in the shortest and mid-range exchanges to advance into the third round, happy with how he performed.

“As I said before, I couldn’t work on my serve for a month or so after Miami. After losing to Ilya Ivashka in Munich, I decided to practice my serve again and go back to my routines; I think that helped me a lot. I was very pleased with the all-around performance against Kei. My serve worked well, alongside return and backhand. It was a good match for me because Kei is not a player who would gift anything to you; I feel I earned the victory today. Yeah, I think we were all missing an everyday teenage life, parties and everything that comes with that age.

Alexander Zverev felt good after beating Kei Nishikori in Madrid.

But, I was always very determined, knowing what I wanted. I knew that I had to be disciplined and work extremely hard for the things that I wanted to achieve because if you are going to have both, you are not gonna be as successful. I have had to let many things out of my life from a young age, but I was happy to do that because I’m doing what I love every day. I think my game is most suitable for Madrid and Rome when we speak about clay events. Here in Madrid, the altitude helps my serve be even more efficient, and I have had many good victories here in Madrid and Rome, winning the title and reaching another final a year later. I hope I can adjust my tennis to any conditions, especially to the ones in Paris, the clay event where I still have to improve my game the most,” Alexander Zverev said.

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