‘Very motivated’ Alexander Zverev sets eyes on US Open title

World No. 4 Alexander Zverev has noted that he is in great spirits as he is hoping to win it all at the US Open. 

Zverev, a former world No. 4, has been absolutely phenomenal over the last month and he is one of the top favorites for the US Open title. 

Zverev recovered from a set and a break down in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal against Novak Djokovic, before beating Karen Khachanov in the final to win his maiden gold medal. 

Zverev returned to action two weeks ago at the Cincinnati Masters, where he beat Andrey Rublev in the final. 

“It has been a pretty incredible month for me,” Zverev said in his pre-tournament press conference, per the ATP website. “Obviously winning the gold medal is something that you don’t even dream about as a tennis player because it’s just so surreal in a way.

“It’s incredible. I mean, the feeling that gave me, and also the Cincinnati week has been pretty good. I feel well. I hope I continue this wave here in New York and we’ll see how it goes.”

Zverev wants to make amends for last year’s finish 

Zverev was up by two sets and at some point two points away from winning last year’s US Open final. 

Unfortunately for Zverev, he failed to capitalize on his chances against Dominic Thiem as the Austrian ended up winning last year’s US Open final. 

“I think in a way it fuelled gas into the fire a little bit because I was two points away from winning it,” Zverev said. “I practised on centre court now a few times. There are still memories there. I still remember it, and I still have that in the back of my mind.

“I’m very motivated. I’m very much looking forward to getting back on that court and starting to compete because I was not far away last year. I feel like I’m playing great tennis this year”