Alexander Zverev: I didn’t come to ATP Finals just to participate, I came to win

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev listed his achievements in 2021 during his pre-tournament press conference in Turin and made it clear that his goal is to finish the season with a victory at the Nitto ATP Finals. 

Zverev, 24, didn’t win a maiden Grand Slam title in 2021 but still managed to make some major results. 

This year, Zverev won Masters events in Madrid and Cincinnati, made it all the way at ATP 500 events in Acapulco and Vienna, as well as captured a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. 

“I have played good tennis this year,” said Zverev, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. “I’ve won five titles and I’m the only player who has won multiple [ATP] Masters [1000 titles] this year. It comes with good tennis, also, at the Olympics, I won a gold medal. I am looking forward to this tournament. I didn’t come here just as a participant, but I want to win matches and do well here.

“You have to enjoy it, because being here means you had a fantastic season and you’re among the best eight players in the world. It’s all about enjoying the moment and trying to be the best you can be on the court, but also enjoying the privilege of being here.”

Zverev has had success at the Nitto ATP Finals 

Zverev is set for a fifth consecutive Nitto ATP Finals appearance. 

Zverev put up a great run at the prestigious season-ending in 2018 to capture his maiden Nitto ATP Finals crown..

Back then, Zverev beat Roger Federer in the semifinal before beating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the title. 

Zverev failed to defend his Nitto ATP Finals title the following year after losing to Dominic Thiem in the semifinal.

Last year, Zverev failed to make it past the group stage at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Zverev has been drawn to meet Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini in his opener at the ATP Finals.

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