For the Open previews, Tennisense will be skipping ATP/WTA players who have pulled out of the Open, even if they are currently ranked in the Top 10.
Current Ranking: #6
This year will most likely be remembered as the year Alexander Zverev became a true force to be reckoned with on the ATP tour. He and Grigor Dimitrov are the only players outside of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, to win a Masters 1000 title in 2017. They’ve won a combined three and Zverev’s got two of them. His most recent Masters 1000 title came in Montreal, where he defeated Federer in straight sets.
But it’s not all about the tournaments he’s won that makes Zverev so special. The way he plays the game is special. Just watching him hit a few groundstrokes and you can tell. There’s no mistaking the grand slam potential of this young German. He’s struck a real chord of concern in the established powers that be and has positioned himself in pole position as the heir apparent, the moment their powers start waning.
If there’s anything stopping Zverev from capturing the U.S Open, it’ll be himself and just how deep into vast tennis abilities he can reach. He also needs to apply all the experience he’s gotten so far this year. He is due for his own deep run into a major as well. That remains unchartered territory and it won’t get any easier at this year’s Open. He starts off against a lucky loser and after that, he could face Borna Coric in the second round and either Kevin Anderson or Ernests Gulbis in the third.
Winning a slam is no easy task but if he can show the form that carried him to two Masters 1000 titles this year, there’s no reason Zverev can’t pull it off. He’s my third favorite to take it all home at this year’s U.S Open.