The development of Alexander Zverev is continuous, but thanks to his coach, he received a huge boost. But he does not want to get involved in the comparisons with all the tennis stars.
This evening was a special evening in the life of Alexander Zverev. The world has learned that the 21-year-old has a sense of humor. Already at the awards ceremony at the square, he presented a charming, ironic speech before 17,800 spectators at the London O2 Arena. When he entered the press conference room and screamed some journalists, he exclaimed, and it's just as guaranteed in minutes by ATP: "It was the worst applause I ever had after winning the tournament, but, thank you!" What he felt at the moment of the greatest success in his career when he descended to the floor of the corridor was then asked. "I felt my knees," said Zverev, who moved with emotion in the horizontal: "My knees hurt me". Did Ivan Landl, the new Transylvania coach, give him advice? "He did nothing, he spoke to me about golf before the match."
"The star came"
What makes such a small triumph at the event called the ATP Finals. Boris Becker described the appearance of Zverev as a guest on BBC "A German with a sense of humor who can talk and laugh about himself – a star arrived." Exaggerations in sport are often dangerous, with one of them being the actor in the good, as well as in bad ones often not fair. The fascinating work on the success of this 21-year-old hamburger, coming from the Russian tennis family, is that expectations, even too high, do not overcome or paralyze his expectations. They motivate him – and then receives those moments in which expectations and achievements become one.
As fearless and success-oriented, he is, his title victory at the final Profitour event, which he performed with victories against Roger Federer, 20 heavy cramped heavy trophies and Novak Djokovic, rich in 14 trophies. Now, 23 years after Boris Becker, he is the first German to win this event. In a duel with the Swiss he experienced a moment in which he felt like sludge and feathered. That he dared to cancel the rally and repeat it, as a ball boy fell to the ball, he was interpreted by many Federer supporters as a personal master. He collected gigs and colors. "I was a little sad," Zverev admitted in retrospect with his glass before him, "as a tennis player, we take something personal. It is an individual sport."
Zverev is the one who wants the greatest success – no one has to do it
For Zverev perfectly fits. He has a team of professionals around him, like Father Alexander, whom he again honored in London as the most important person; as fitness trainer Jazz Green, who missed the body of the gladiator; as Physio Hugo Gravil, who takes care of this property. And like Landl, the tactician and the cheat who wants to do something stupid. Only: Zverev gets rid of tar and feathers. Who wants the most success. No one has to do it. After defeating Federer and paying tribute to him, he emphasized, unspoken of the flattering: He was not finished. There is still a final.
Taking the last step is a gift that often distinguishes the champions from many good athletes, and for that reason Zverev reconsidered Landl's expertise, whose work goes far beyond the assumption of Zverev. He only hoped for the next year for the positive consequences of the exchange. But even in London, he worked on the effect of Landlide, who had previously helped Scotty Andy Murray to be named in three Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold. Most obviously, the influence of the 58-year-old can be seen in comparison with the two Zverev matches against Djokovic, both before and after the review. In the group stage, the Serb dominated the game, 6: 4, 6: 1 reflected the balance of power. Landl analyzed this match, Zverev said after the final "he told me several things to do differently". So Zverev was "more aggressive" in the final: "I tried to take the ball before". Shades that decide on this level.