Goran Ivanisevic summed up what was to come for his student Novak Djokovic and now also for Alexander Zverev. Competing against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros would be like “coming into someone’s living room”.
Zverev’s camp knows the Spaniard is the favorite at first glance. In fact, there are a number of reasons that speak to the success of the world number three.
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the brothers Misha Zverev works exclusively at Eurosport He revealed these factors in a comparison between Olympic champion Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. The 34-year-old explained: “Sasha has the fastest forehand of this quartet. The fastest backhand – he has Sasha. The fastest too.”
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Even the movement of the feet is quite competitive, although the German from “this circuit is the largest, but also has a greater range. In addition, there is a whole repertoire of punches.” Sasha also plays hard and has a good defense, ”explained Misha Zverev: the message to the brother is: “How do you defeat if you play well? You can be number one.”
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The question of who enters the match more comfortable answers itself.
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Nadal leads 6:3 in direct comparison and has also won the last standoff so far in 2021 at Clay Court Masters in Rome, but Zverev can claim to have won three of the past four matches.
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But Zverev wants to prevent the error at all costs. He has lost sometimes in the past “because I put a lot of pressure on myself to win a Grand Slam”. That’s the ‘ultimate goal’, but one that can’t be achieved so persistently – and certainly not if you have to compete in Nadal’s living room.
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