WASHINGTON DC, USA - Alexander Zverev, arguably the fastest-rising young star on the ATP World Tour, will kick off his summer hardcourt season at the Citi Open in Washington DC this week.
Here are 8 Things To Know about the hard-hitting German:
1. He just hit a new career-high of No.8. Zverev rose from No.11 to No.8 on this week’s ATP World Tour rankings, surpassing the previous career-high of No.10 he spent four weeks at in the spring.
2. He’s the youngest player in the Top 50. Zverev’s the only 20-year-old in the Top 50 - you have to go down to No.51 to find a player younger than him (Andrey Rublev, who will turn 20 in October).
3. He’s the only player born in the 1990s to win a Masters 1000 title. By winning Rome in May, he became the first ‘90s-born player to win a Masters 1000 - check out highlights from the final here:
4. He’s fresh off his first second week at a Grand Slam. Zverev just reached the fourth round of a major for the first time at Wimbledon, falling to Milos Raonic in five sets. Here are the highlights:
5. He just added a Grand Slam champion to his team. Zverev asked Juan Carlos Ferrero to join his team at Madrid in May and they’ve talked almost daily ever since. Ferrero is with him this week.
“He told me that maybe he wants to work a little bit with me because I have the experience to be there on the top and I have the experience to win Grand Slams,” Ferrero told atpworldtour.com.
Ferrero reached three Grand Slam finals in his career, winning one - the French Open in 2003.
6. He’s had wins over two of the Big Four. He’s 0-3 against Nadal and 0-1 against Murray, but he does have wins over Djokovic at Rome this year and Federer at Halle last year - here are highlights:
7. He has almost nothing to defend the rest of the summer. From this point last year, Zverev lost first round in Canada, first round in Cincinnati and second round at US Open. Lots to gain this year…
8. He kicks off his summer hardcourt season on Wednesday. Zverev plays Jordan Thompson or Ruben Bemelmans in the second round of the ATP World Tour 500-level event on Wednesday.
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