Why Alexander Zverev is currently “his own biggest enemy,” according to Boris Becker

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Alexander Zverev, according to tennis star Boris Becker of Germany, is currently “his own biggest opponent.” Injury forced Zverev, 25, to miss the all of the 2022 second part of the season. At the Australian Open on Tuesday, Zverev required five sets to defeat Juan Pablo Varillas, who was rated 103rd, before prevailing 4-6 6-1 5-7 7-6 (3) 6-4.

Becker stated that he was aware that Varillas may pose a challenge for the German even though Zverev was the clear favorite to defeat the Spanish player. “There was a lot of discussion around Sascha Zverev‘s allegedly straightforward draw. I was constantly critical and would assert that the opposition was irrelevant at the time.

Due to the extended injury hiatus, he is his strongest rival. I don’t care who he faces in the second round, to reiterate. Sascha Zverev is the key player in this match. No matter who is on the other team, he will win the game if he plays attackingly and with confidence, according to Becker, who spoke to Eurosport.

Zverev needs meaningful matches, says Becker

Former six-time Grand Slam winner Becker emphasized that player development cannot be achieved through practice alone. Even with numerous training sessions, a seven-month layoff is impossible to make up for, Becker continued.

Zverev is undoubtedly not at the top of his game right now, but the good news is that his ankle has been holding up well since he returned from the injury. “In the end, Sascha gets a happy ending because he now understands that the ankle is sturdy.

That was his first significant exam to determine his level of fitness and comfort. He’ll likely have a better understanding of that tomorrow morning. He’ll likely experience some muscle soreness, according to Becker. Zverev will face the victor of the match between Michael Mmoh and Laurent Lokoli in the second round of the Australian Open.

As it remains to be seen if he can secure a more emphatic victory this time, Zverev will once again be the favorite.