German tennis legend Tommy Haas says the fact that Alexander Zverev still hasn’t won a Grand Slam is certainly on the 25-year-old’s mind, but adds the German definitely still has time to win a Grand Slam.
Zverev, who broke into the top-3 in 2017, was expected to have multiple Grand Slams by 2022.
Zverev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 2, made his first and lone Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2020.
Back then, Zverev blew a two-set lead in the final versus Dominic Thiem.
“Suddenly you’re in your late 20s and still don’t have a title, but I wouldn’t bet against him under any circumstances,” Haas told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “After torn ligaments in the semifinals of the French Open, he has just had to take a longer break for the first time. After that you have to regain your confidence and strength. However, he has a good environment and I’m sure he won’t have to wait long before he comes back to the top of the world.”
Haas says Zverev still has time to win a Grand Slam
At the French Open, Zverev made the semifinal before suffering a horrifying ankle injury versus Rafael Nadal.
Zverev tore several ligaments and in the moment he feared his career might be over.
“At first, of course, you think your career is over,” Zverev told Sky Deutschland. “You can no longer move your foot, you have heard the sound of breaking. A certain fear is already there at that moment.”
Zverev no longer requires crutches and he has returned to the gym.
In an interview with Sky Deutchland, Zverev noted he still hopes to compete at the US Open, which kicks off on August 29.
Being forced to skip Wimbledon wasn’t easy for Zverev and it would be devastating if he had to skip the US Open as well.