After Alexander Zverev’s comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win over Novak Djokovic, he was crowned his first career ATP 1000 title. Because he defeated one of the most dominant players in a large spotlight at only 20 years old, I think it’s safe to say that the future of tennis is looking bright.
Defying the Odds
In a match that many expected to go Novak Djokovic’s way, Alexader Zverev displayed relentless dominance en route to a comfortable win against the Serb. This unexpected win makes us speculate whether Alexander Zverev has what it takes to win more crucial events like the French Open or ATP Next Gen Finals in the near future. In fact, due to their recent individual success, it seems like Zverev will join Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios in dominating the future of tennis.
Success on All Surfaces
In contrast to some one-dimensional young phenoms like Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev has displayed success on all surfaces. In fact, this season he already has an 11-6 record on hard court, a 16-3 record on clay, and a career record of 11-6 on grass. This multi-dimensional versatility is crucial if he plans to be one of the dominant players of the next generation of tennis as it will help him rack up ranking points on all surfaces.
While too much height is usually a bad thing when it comes to tennis, Zverev has been able to use his 6’6″ body to his advantage. Sure, he’s not the height of most dominant tennis players (which is 6’1″), but his body size allows him to be the hybrid of a 6’10” server like Karlovic and a 6’1″ speedster like Nadal. In fact, Zverev’s play style is built around his height, which gives him an advantage while serving but still allows him to move in a comfortable and agile manner.
There is no doubt that Alexander Zverev is the future of tennis. It will be quite entertaining to see him battle against other young stars like Thiem and Kyrgios for the first grand slam of the upcoming generation. No matter what happens, the future of tennis is looking bright, and we’re in for a treat.