A determined attitude complements Zverev’s impressive game – a combination that has quickly made the charismatic German a fan favorite worldwide. Zverev has the composure and talent to match the hype too, boasting wins over Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in ATP finals. He was the youngest member of Team Europe’s Laver Cup-winning team last year.
Zverev is coached by father Alexander, a former pro who represented Russia in Davis Cup. Mother Irina is also a tennis coach and older brother Mischa competes on the ATP World Tour. The close-knit family travel together, along with Zverev’s dog Lovik. ‘Sascha’, as he is known, grew up in Germany and idolized Roger Federer.
A former world No.1 junior, Zverev broke into the world’s top 100 at age 18 in 2015 and made his top-20 debut a year later. He is now a three-time ATP Masters 1000 champion and in late 2017 became the first 20-year-old since Djokovic, a decade earlier, to hit No.3. Zverev reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Roland Garros earlier this season, rallying from two-sets-to-one deficits in three consecutive matches.
Winner: Munich, Madrid
Runner-up: Miami, Rome
SF: Acapulco, Monte Carlo
QF: Roland Garros