World No. 3 Alexander Zverev revealed Boris Becker and Michael Stich were the German players he was looking up to as a kid.
Becker is a former seven-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 1.
On the other side, Stich captured his lone Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 1991 and his career-high ranking saw him ranked at No. 2.
“I think the obvious answer would be Boris Becker, and maybe Michael Stich, too. Michael Stich helped me a lot at the beginning of my career, with wild cards in Hamburg, so he helped me a little bit to break through. But in Germany, I think Boris, and Steffi Graf as well, were the two players who were always at the top of everything,” Zverev told the ATP Cup.
Zverev on the personality of German players
Zverev is representing Germany at the ATP Cup alongisde Jan-Lennard Struff, Yannick Hanfmann, Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz.
Zverev was asked to describe the personality of each player on the team.
“I think Yannick [Hanfmann] is maybe the one who is quietest out of all of us. He’s a very good guy, he’s somebody that gets along with everybody well, one of the nicest guys on Tour. Kevin [Krawietz] is the one that I’m probably best friends with, because we have quite a funny and similar personality. We joke around quite a lot and do a lot of stupid things,” Zverev said.
“Tim [Puetz] is a little bit ‘I know better’ on every subject, but he is also probably the smartest one out of all of us. He did go to college, so in that regard he’s very educated. But he also always has to have the last word on everything. And Struffi… Struffi is just in general a nice guy. I think nobody on Tour has anything bad to say about Struffi. You can’t say anything bad about him.”