Alexander Zverev missed his first Grand Slam chance after five sets lost against Dominic Thiem at the US Open 2020. However, the 23-years-old German admits he will be a Grand Slam Champion at some point in his career.
Even though, the world number seven Zverev was seeded fifth in the US Open 2020 due to the absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Additionally, World No.01 Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the mid of the event.
As a result, Alexander reached his first Grand Slam finals straightaway while he struggled against Borna Coric and Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
However, Alexander Zverev was faced with his rival the second-seeded Dominic Thiem on Sunday night for his first Grand Slam title. It was a tight match, but German lost to Austrian after winning his first two sets (6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-7).
After the match, Zverev went on to say, “I was super close to being a Grand Slam champion. I was a few games away, maybe a few points away. For me what upset me the most is not the third set or something like that, it’s the fifth set. I had a lot of chances in the fifth set and didn’t use them.”
Besides, he added, “Yeah, I mean, I’m 23 years old. I don’t think it’s my last chance. I do believe that I will be a Grand Slam champion at some point.”
“They’re (Parents) Actually Negative Already”- Alexander Zverev
Zverev revealed that his parents tested positive for COVID-19 in the presentation ceremony of the US Open 2020. He also thanked his parents for encouraging him. Notably, Alexander’s parents Irina Zvereva and Alexander Zverev Sr. were former tennis players, and they often travel with his son for tournaments.
Zverev, talking about his parents absent during the first final match, Additionally, he updated, “They’re fine. They’re actually negative already. That’s the reason they didn’t come here.”
In conclusion, he mentioned, “But, yeah, I mean, look, losing 7-6 in the fifth after being two sets to love and a break up is not easy. At the speech, I mean, I got emotional. I couldn’t put two words together. I don’t actually remember what I said.”