Alexander Zverev in Rome won the Italian Open in 2017, winning in the final against Novak Djokovic in just two sets, while the following year, he lost to Rafael Nadal. In this season's edition, the world number three broke in the semifinals, where Stefanos Tsitsipas triumphed.
The Greek, in fact, recovered from the set behind and won against a confused Zverev, especially in the third set. So Zverev ends the season on clay-courts without having won any ATP 1000 title: in Madrid he lost in the final against Alcaraz; in Montecarlo and in Rome in the semifinals, on both occasions against Tsitsipas.
On this surface, however, there is still a great appointment to face: Roland Garros. The second Grand Slam of the season. "I'm sorry for Rafael Nadal's physical problems. Hopefully he can be fit. He has 10 days to recover and play in Paris," he said about Nadal, main favorite for the final win in Paris.
Zverev's favorites for the RG
During the tournament, the German number one was also asked who could be the winner of the Grand Slam on clay. Except for Rafael Nadal, there are several names that have been given by Zverev.
The world number one, Novak Djokovic, title holder in Paris, cannot be missing. With Djokovic, there are also Tsitsipas and Zverev himself. For the German, however, another name cannot be missing from the list of champions. He said: "I think Alcaraz are one of the favorites.
Novak is one of the favorites. Tsitsipas. If I get fit, I can do well there. There are a lot of guys who can play well on this surface." Rafael Nadal is struggling with the foot problem he suffered during the Rome Masters 1000.
The Spaniard comes from a period of physical problems that began with a broken rib last March in Indian Wells, in the semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz. However Rafa will be the favorite in Paris, along with Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.