The list of people who were inspired by Swiss legend Roger Federer rises day by day. US Open 2020 runner-up Alexander Zverev has included his name on that list after revealing his idol on Tuesday. On the other hand, the 23-years-old also explained the role model might not be the correct word to call someone who influenced him.
After winning back to back titles at his back-yard in Cologne, Zverev recently attended the GALA interview. Additionally, world number seven revealed several of his on and off-court exciting facts on that.
Alexander was asked about his role model; he said Roger Federer, who holds 20 Grands Slam titles and many records in his name. Zverev also explained, “Role models may be the wrong word as I’ve always tried to go my own way. But as a child, I always looked up to Roger Federer. He was my idol and embodied everything I wanted to be.”
“I also like Dirk Nowitzki and Dwayne Wade. They were basketball icons growing up. They were amazing and just unstoppable.” German added.
Alexander Zverev Leads His Idol Roger Federer
While leader and follower met seven occasions on the ATP Tours since 2016, German leads his idol in the head to head record 4-3. In the last two meetings, Zverev defeated Federer at the significant stage of the events, the quarterfinals and semifinals. However, Alex wants to go too far to meet his idol career records.
However, Idol Roger has been investing his time in his recovery since this year’s Australian Open. Meanwhile, the follower Zverev reached his first Grand Slam finals at Flushing Meadows.
While the former world number one wishes to resume his action at the 2021 Melbourne major event, the former world number three hopes to conclude this season by adding some more titles in his account.