135 Facts About Alexander Zverev

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Alexander "Sascha" Zverev is a German professional tennis player.

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Alexander Zverev has been ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals as high as world No 2, and has been a permanent fixture in the top 10 since July 2017.

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Alexander Zverev has won 19 ATP Tour titles in singles and two in doubles, and reached his first major final at the 2020 US Open, finishing runner-up to Dominic Thiem.

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Alexander Zverev is the only active player outside of the Big Four with five Masters 1000 titles.

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Alexander Zverev sustained an ankle injury when he played the semifinal of the French Open 2022 against Rafael Nadal and is currently recovering.

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Alexander Zverev is a former junior world No 1, and won a junior major singles title at the 2014 Australian Open.

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Alexander Zverev had an early breakthrough on the professional tour as well, becoming one of the youngest Challenger Tour title winners in history at the age of 17.

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At the Laver Cup, Alexander Zverev has played an instrumental role in Team Europe's early success in the competition, winning the clinching matches in 2018 and 2019.

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Alexander Zverev's older brother Mischa, born nearly a decade earlier, is a professional tennis player.

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Alexander Zverev's father, ranked as high as No 175 in the world, became the top-ranked men's player nationally, while his mother was the fourth-highest ranked women's player in the Soviet Union.

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Alexander Zverev "made a lot of errors" and lost to opponents who excelled at keeping points alive.

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Alexander Zverev played his first junior match in January 2011 at the age of 13 at a grade 4 tournament in Poland.

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Alexander Zverev entered his first event on the International Tennis Federation junior circuit in early 2011 when he was 13.

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Alexander Zverev did not have much success at tournaments that were Grade 2 and above until the following year when he reached back-to-back doubles finals with Spencer Papa at the Grade A Copa Gerdau and the Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships.

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Alexander Zverev followed up that performance with his first Grade A title at the Trofeo Bonfiglio a month later, becoming the youngest boys' singles champion in the tournament's history.

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Alexander Zverev finished runner-up at the 2013 French Open to Cristian Garin.

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Alexander Zverev had some grass court success as well, finishing runner-up to Nick Kyrgios at the Junior International Roehampton.

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Alexander Zverev came close to reaching another major boys' singles final at the 2013 Junior US Open, but was defeated by the eventual champion Borna Coric in the semifinals.

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Alexander Zverev played just two tournaments in 2014, both in Australia in January.

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Alexander Zverev won his professional main draw debut against compatriot Christian Lichtenegger at a Futures event in Germany in August 2012.

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Alexander Zverev continued to focus on the juniors in 2013 and did not reach another pro-level final that year, but he did make his main draw debut on the ATP Tour in July, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut at his hometown tournament, the International German Open.

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Alexander Zverev did not win a main draw match until he recorded a single victory at the Heilbronner Neckarcup Challenger, his tenth event of the year.

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Alexander Zverev followed up this title with a breakthrough at the ATP Tour level.

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Alexander Zverev entered the International German Open having never won an ATP match but managed to reach the semifinals.

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Alexander Zverev recorded four match wins at the event, including his first career victory against Robin Haase and his first top 20 victory over No 16 Mikhail Youzhny before losing to No 7 David Ferrer.

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Alexander Zverev became the first 17-year old to defeat a top 20 opponent since Richard Gasquet in 2004 and the first to make a semifinal since Marin Cilic in 2006.

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Alexander Zverev had risen from No 665 to No 285 after his Challenger title, and his ATP 500 Series semifinal appearance took him to No 161 in the world.

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Alexander Zverev needed to enter qualifying for ATP events throughout the year.

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Alexander Zverev did not qualify for either of the first two major singles events of the season.

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Alexander Zverev was able to qualify for his first Masters event at the Miami Open and reached the second round.

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Alexander Zverev opted to play on clay after Wimbledon and reached another ATP semifinal at the Swedish Open to put him back in the top 100 after one week out.

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Alexander Zverev succeeded, but lost his opening round match to compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets.

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Alexander Zverev won just one more main draw match the rest of the season and ended the year ranked No 83 in the world.

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Alexander Zverev bounced back at the Open Sud de France, reaching the semifinals in the singles event and his second career final with his brother in the doubles event.

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Alexander Zverev then produced a strong result at the Indian Wells Masters, where he defeated two top 30 players.

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Alexander Zverev had a match point while he was serving for the final set, but missed a routine forehand volley and then proceeded to lose 14 of the remaining 15 points in the match.

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Alexander Zverev was the first teenager to defeat Federer since Murray nearly a decade earlier.

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Alexander Zverev was then upset in the second round of the US Open by Dan Evans.

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In doing so, Alexander Zverev became the first teenager to record three consecutive victories against top ten opponents since Boris Becker in 1986.

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At the Australian Open, Alexander Zverev again pushed Rafael Nadal to the brink, but ultimately lost in five sets.

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Alexander Zverev then followed up a second Masters quarterfinal at the Madrid Open with his first Masters title at the Rome Masters.

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Alexander Zverev defeated Novak Djokovic in the final to become the youngest Masters champion since Djokovic in 2007 and the first such champion born in the 1990s.

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Alexander Zverev won the Washington Open as well as a second consecutive Masters title at the Canadian Open, only dropping a single set at each tournament in each of his opening matches.

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Alexander Zverev then defeated Roger Federer in the final to become the first player outside of the Big Four to win multiple Masters titles in the same season since David Nalbandian in 2007.

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Alexander Zverev opted to skip the former event to focus on the latter.

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At the ATP Finals, Alexander Zverev was grouped with Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, and Jack Sock.

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Alexander Zverev defeated Cilic in his first match, but lost his final two matches and did not advance out of his round robin group.

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Alexander Zverev finished the year ranked No 4, peaking at No 3 right before the ATP Finals, and accumulated five ATP titles from just six finals.

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Alexander Zverev was upset at the Australian Open by reigning Next Gen Finals champion and No 59 Chung Hyeon in five sets in the third round.

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Alexander Zverev stated that issues at majors were "definitely not physical" when asked if his problems were physical or mental, and attribute this lack of success to the extra pressure he was putting on himself at these events.

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Alexander Zverev continued his Masters success into the clay-court season, reaching the semifinals at the Monte Carlo Masters, winning his third career Masters title at the Madrid Open, and making the final at the Rome Masters.

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Alexander Zverev came close to winning back-to-back Masters events, going up a break in the third set against Nadal at the Italian Open.

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Alexander Zverev had defended his title at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships in his only other French Open tune-up to help build up a 13 match win streak that lasted until the Italian Open final.

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Alexander Zverev capped off his excellent clay court season by reaching his first major quarterfinal at the French Open.

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Alexander Zverev needed to win three five-set matches to get that far before Thiem ended his run while he was faced with a hamstring injury.

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Alexander Zverev lost in the third round at both Wimbledon and the US Open, and his best result at the four remaining Masters events was a semifinal at the Shanghai Masters.

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Alexander Zverev was able to defend his title at the Washington Open, his only title during this period.

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Alexander Zverev reached two more doubles finals with his brother, but did not win either of them.

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Alexander Zverev was placed in a group with Novak Djokovic, Marin Cilic, and John Isner.

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Alexander Zverev faced Federer in the semifinals and defeated him in straight sets to set up a rematch with Djokovic.

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Alexander Zverev became the youngest tour champion since Djokovic a decade earlier and the first German to win the season-ending championships since Boris Becker in 1995.

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Alexander Zverev opened his 2019 season with a fourth round appearance at the 2019 Australian Open, defeating Jeremy Chardy in five sets in the second round before losing to Milos Raonic in straight sets.

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Alexander Zverev next played at the Mexican Open and finished runner-up to Nick Kyrgios.

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Alexander Zverev then went on to defeat No 12 Fabio Fognini and reach his second consecutive quarterfinal at the French Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

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Alexander Zverev did not follow through on that success into the grass court season, where his best result was a quarterfinal at the Halle Open.

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Alexander Zverev was upset in the first round at both the Stuttgart Open and Wimbledon, the latter of which to qualifier Jiri Vesely.

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Alexander Zverev attributed his early season struggles to being distracted by a legal dispute with his former agent Patricio Apey, with whom he had split from in the offseason.

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Alexander Zverev reached the semifinals of the German Open and the quarterfinals at the Canadian Open.

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Alexander Zverev then reached the last 16 at the US Open for the first time, where he lost to seed No 20 Diego Schwartzman to continue his lack of success at the major tournaments.

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At the event, Alexander Zverev was drawn into a round-robin group with Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev.

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Alexander Zverev defeated Nadal for the first time in his opening match before losing to Tsitsipas.

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Alexander Zverev then won his match against Medvedev, which he had needed to win to advance via the tiebreak criteria.

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Alexander Zverev began his 2020 season at the inaugural ATP Cup, playing singles matches against Alex De Minaur, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Denis Shapovalov; losing all three.

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Alexander Zverev first defeated Marco Cecchinato in straight sets; after the match, he pledged to donate all his prize money from the tournament to relief efforts for the ongoing bushfires if he won the title, a total of A$4.

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Alexander Zverev then defeated Egor Gerasimov, Fernando Verdasco, and 17th seed Andrey Rublev to reach the quarterfinals without dropping a set.

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Alexander Zverev defeated Kevin Anderson in four sets, then beat 19-year old Brandon Nakashima in four sets.

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Alexander Zverev became the runner-up, losing the final in a final-set tiebreaker despite leading by two sets and twice coming within two points of the title in the final set.

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Alexander Zverev beat Dennis Novak, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and Marco Cecchinato, before losing in four sets to Jannik Sinner.

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Alexander Zverev then reached the final of the Paris Masters, beating Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in three sets.

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Alexander Zverev's run ended in the quarterfinals, where he lost to the eventual champion and world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

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Alexander Zverev continued his performances in Acapulco, where he won his 14th ATP title by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

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At his first tournament in 2021 on clay in Monte Carlo, Alexander Zverev finished in the third round, losing to David Goffin.

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At the Madrid Open, Alexander Zverev defeated Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Matteo Berrettini en route to his fourth Masters 1000 title and 15th career title.

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Alexander Zverev reached the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 in Rome, losing to eventual tournament winner Rafael Nadal.

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Alexander Zverev was defeated in the fourth round by Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets.

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At the Olympics, Alexander Zverev beat Yen-hsun Lu, Daniel Elahi Galan, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Jeremy Chardy to reach the semifinals.

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Alexander Zverev became the first German man to win a gold medal in singles and the first to win a medal since Tommy Haas won his silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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Alexander Zverev had not won a match at the tournament in six prior appearances.

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Alexander Zverev beat Andrey Rublev for the 17th title of his career and the fourth of the season, in 59 minutes, the shortest match in the tournament history.

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At the US Open, Alexander Zverev sought to claim his first major title following his run to the final the previous year.

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Alexander Zverev reached the semifinals following wins over Jack Sock and Lloyd Harris.

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Alexander Zverev was seeded 3rd at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open, where he reached the quarterfinals.

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Alexander Zverev lost to Taylor Fritz, despite having two match points.

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Alexander Zverev then beat Felix Auger-Aliassime and Carlos Alcaraz to reach the final where he won his fifth title of the year and 18th overall, defeating Frances Tiafoe in straight sets.

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Alexander Zverev was the fourth seed at the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters.

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Alexander Zverev received a bye into the second round, where he defeated Dusan Lajovic.

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Alexander Zverev defeated next sixteenth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and sixth seed Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals.

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Alexander Zverev lost in the semifinals to second seed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

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Alexander Zverev began his campaign begin by defeating home favourite Matteo Berrettini who retired with an injury.

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Alexander Zverev played in the 2022 Australian Open, where he reached the fourth round, being defeated by fourteenth seed, Denis Shapovalov.

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Alexander Zverev lost his first match at the Indian Wells Masters in singles against Tommy Paul but reached the semifinals in doubles with Andrey Golubev.

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Alexander Zverev improved his performance at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters by reaching the semifinals defeating Jannik Sinner before losing to eventual champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Alexander Zverev reached the semifinals with a straight set win over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals, after a tough three sets match win over Marin Cilic in the second round and Lorenzo Musetti's retirement in the third round.

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Alexander Zverev took his revenge on Monte-Carlo champion and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his third final at this Masters.

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At the French Open, Alexander Zverev matched his semifinal result from the previous year, defeating Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals in what was his first top 10 victory in a major after 12 attempts.

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Alexander Zverev informed that the injury would cause him to miss the 2022 Wimbledon Championships and on 8 June 2022 underwent surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his ankle.

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Alexander Zverev took part in the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague in 2017.

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Alexander Zverev played a more crucial role in 2018 and 2019, winning the clinching matches in both editions against Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic respectively.

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Alexander Zverev made his Davis Cup debut for Germany against the Czech Republic in 2016.

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Alexander Zverev faced No 7 Tomas Berdych in his debut match and took a two sets to one lead before ultimately losing in five sets.

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However, Spain ultimately won the tie on the final day after Alexander Zverev was unable to defeat Nadal and Kohlschreiber lost a tight five-set match to Ferrer.

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Alexander Zverev represented Germany at the Hopman Cup for four consecutive years from 2016 through 2019 with three different partners.

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The duo won their tie against the French team, with Alexander Zverev winning both his singles and mixed doubles matches.

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Alexander Zverev had much more success in 2018 and 2019 when he paired up with Angelique Kerber.

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Alexander Zverev represented Germany at the ATP Cup in 2020 and 2021.

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Alexander Zverev often stands way back behind the baseline and aims to hit powerful groundstrokes either for winners or to wear down his opponent.

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Alexander Zverev uses a semi-open stance and employs a western grip on his forehand.

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The year Alexander Zverev first broke into the top 20, he was still not one of the better servers on tour, ranking just 38th in serve rating.

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Alexander Zverev excels in particular at hitting a high percentage of first serves in, landing 64.

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Alexander Zverev hit the most double faults hit on tour in 2016 and 2020.

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Alexander Zverev is an all-court player and does not aim to be better on any surface in particular.

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Alexander Zverev was tall, but skinny and not very muscular when growing up.

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Alexander Zverev started to absorb the power, so when someone hit hard he could hit the ball back and everything locked into place.

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Alexander Zverev has been coached by his parents since he was very young.

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Alexander Zverev's mother was initially his primary coach before his father took over at some point.

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Alexander Zverev made the decision to hire former world No 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Washington Open in the summer of 2017.

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Alexander Zverev fired Ferrero following the 2018 Australian Open after Ferrero criticized the rest of Zverev's coaching team.

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Alexander Zverev has stated that Lendl was more interested in his dog or his golf game than in professional coaching.

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In 2020, Alexander Zverev started to work with former World Number 3 and 2013 French Open Finalist David Ferrer.

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Alexander Zverev grew up in Hamburg and has spent his winters living in Florida at the Saddlebrook Academy since he was 12 years old.

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Alexander Zverev plays other sports in his spare time such as basketball and golf.

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Alexander Zverev is a fan of the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

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Alexander Zverev has a daughter, born in 2021, with Brenda Patea, an ex-girlfriend.

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Sharypova named multiple instances where Alexander Zverev allegedly became violent towards her, including punching her in the face during an argument that took place in the pair's hotel room while Alexander Zverev was competing at the 2019 Laver Cup.

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In October 2021, the ATP announced an investigation into the allegations against Zverev, saying in a statement "The allegations raised against Alexander Zverev are serious and we have a responsibility to address them".

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