Year in Review: Alexander “Sascha” Zverev
The 20 year old Alexander Zverev had one heck of a year! Starting the year at #24 in the world, he slowly worked his way up to a career high of #3. In February, he won his second indoor-hard court title and first title of the year at the Open Sud de France. After his win in France, he had trouble regaining his wins. One of the toughest losses coming from his third round match against Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Masters (which he lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1). In May, his slump finally ended; he won his second title of the year and first outdoor-clay court title in his home country of Germany at the BMW Open. Less than 2 weeks later, he won his third title of the year, first Masters 1000 title, and second outdoor-clay court title against world #2 Novak Djokovic in Rome (making him the youngest player to win a Masters 1000 since 2007). With 1000 points added to his ranking, he jumped from 17th to 10th in the world (a new career high). Going into the French Open ranked as #10, he lost in the first round to Fernando Verdasco in four sets. With clay season now over, it was time to move to grass. He was successful in making it to the SFs of the Ricoh Open and the Halle Open Final against Roger Federer, but ultimately ended up losing in two sets. At Wimbledon, he made it to the fourth round by defeating all of his opponents in straight sets (his best Grand Slam result to date). After a nearly two week break, and new career high ranking of 8th, he went on to win his first outdoor-hard court title and fourth title of the year at the Citi Open in Washington D.C. The next week, he went on to win his second outdoor-hard court title and fifth title of the year against world #3 Roger Federer at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, Canada. After two back to back title wins, Sascha jumped to a career high of #7 and eventually lost in the first round in Cincinnati and second round of the U.S. Open. With the two early tournament exits, he still moved up to world #4 (a new career high). After an unsuccessful end to the regular season, he qualified as one of the eight players for the year end ATP World Tour Finals for the first time as #3 in the world (his current career high). He lost two of his three Round Robin matches, which disqualified him from continuing on for the rest of the tournament. As said before, with all his accomplishments in 2017, sometimes we forget he’s only 20 and has a long career ahead of him. Congrats Alexander on amazing year and we can’t wait to see what you’ll do in 2018!