May 9, 2021
Alexander Zverev completed a magical campaign in Madrid to show the world how much he has matured.
Calmer and stronger mentally, the German is surely now ready to win Grand Slams.
Could Zverev win Wimbledon 2021?
He must be in among the biggest favourites now.
Germany has a long love affair with Wimbledon, typified by Boris Becker and Steffi Graf.
Now you sense that “Sascha” Zverev can follow in their footsteps.
He was a set down to Matteo Berrettini and his final chances looked precarious at 4-4 in the second.
But the Italian blinked first and Zverev took full advantage to win 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-3.
Savouring his victory, Sascha said: ‘It’s great, especially after losing the last three finals I played in. This is very special and I just want to enjoy it.’
Zverev was just as proud as he he had been after beating even more famous players earlier in the week.
He said: ‘I didn’t play anyone who can serve 235km an hour on clay until the final. This was a different match to the previous ones.’
And he concluded: ‘I couldn’t be happier. I feel absolutely awesome.’
No one can say Zverev isn’t awesome now. Not after he beat the legendary Rafael Nadal and the great Dominic Thiem is quick succession.
Zverev thoroughly deserved his second Madrid title.
But it was tough. He was 0-5 down in the opening breaker before battling all the way back to earn a set point.
Still he lost the tie-break. At one stage Berrettini was hitting nearly three times as many winners as the favourite.
Berrettini fought back the tears after Zverev’s comeback and said: ‘This sport is crazy because this is a big moment in my career but at the same time it’s not OK because I lost.’
It was a marvellous final, the longest on record. And soon tennis matches will take on a truly epic feel when the great protagonists do battle over five sets.
Not long now until we can watch Alexander Zverev strut his stuff at Wimbledon 2021.
We can’t wait. Will you be there?