Announcing his superstar potential from his first moments on tour, Alexander Zverev was the youngest top-100 player in 2015 and the following year he became youngest in the top 20. But it was 2017 that marked the most spectacular breakthrough for the fast-rising 20-year-old. Wins over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer secured first ATP Masters titles in Rome and Montreal; combined with three other 2017 titles he sits at a career-high No.6 and is poised to climb even higher.
Known to many as ‘Sascha’, Zverev has a strong family connection to tennis. Father Alexander Snr is a former pro and Zverev’s long-time coach; his mother Irena is also a coach and older brother Mischa is a top-30 ATP player. Alongside those role models, Zverev grew up idolizing Roger Federer. Of Russian heritage but born in Hamburg after his family moved to Germany in 1991, Zverev is fluent in German, Russian and English.
It’s rare to find a 20-year-old as dedicated to their career as the hard-working Zverev, whose team includes a physiotherapist and physical trainer. The addition of former world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero as a coach mid 2017 also paid off handsomely, the German immediately claiming titles in Washington and Montreal. Boosted by his big serve and impressive composure, Zverev became the first German man to win five titles in a season since Boris Becker in 1996. To the delight of many excited fans, Zverev’s long-touted status as a future No.1 is rapidly gaining momentum.
Winner: Montpellier, Munich, Rome, Washington, Montreal
QF: Miami, Madrid