Alexander Zverev recorded a comfortable first round win at Wimbledon 2021 by beating Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor with a 6-3 6-4 6-1 score. The young German, who has brought home two titles this year, looks forward to the day when he will be able to score a Grand Slam.
The number 6 in the world has been the author of a good season on clay, enhanced by the semifinal at Roland Garros, where he bowed in the fifth set against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The winner of the 2018 ATP Finals seems to have the right qualities to do well on London grass, but he will have to be careful not to waste too much energy in the first week.
In the press conference after the easy success at the debut, Sascha was asked for the umpteenth time to express an opinion on the Big 3. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic wrote unforgettable pages of tennis history, managing to be competitive even in old age.
The Serbian can even achieve the ‘Calendar Golden Slam’ this year, while the Swiss and the Spaniard are experiencing some difficulties.
Alexander Zverev on the Big 3
“They (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) are the three greatest of all time, its as simple as that.
We are hoping that they will continue playing for a very long time. Even though for us, we are trying to win Grand Slams, they kind of went away, we also do understand how much they mean for tennis and for the world of sports in general.
They will be the biggest part of tennis that there ever was, and I think everybody will miss them once they are gone,” said Alexander Zverev after his Wimbledon first-round match. Alexander Zverev has never won a title on grass court.
The German’s best finish at the Wimbledon Championships has been a fourth-round exit. This year, with the likes of Rafael Nadal not playing, and other players growing old, Zverev has a real chance of putting up a title challenge.
His main threat would be World No.1, Novak Djokovic, who has also won his first-round match. The German will be hopeful of a first Grand Slam title, as this year is his best chance. Roger Federer survived his first-round match against Adrian Mannarino by the skin of his teeth on Tuesday.
Federer trailed by two sets to one but led by a break in the fourth set when Mannarino took a tumble and hurt his knee. The pain was too much for the Frenchman and he retired moments after Federer won the fourth set with the score at 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-2, 0-0 (15-0).