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Thiem vs Zverev US Open tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

Dominic Thiem is one match away from Grand Slam greatness – can Alexander Zverev steal the moment for himself in the US Open men’s final?

Thiem vs Zverev is live from New York on Sunday 13 September, 4pm local/9pm BST

The first Grand Slam final in six years not to feature one of the ‘Big Four’ takes place in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday night as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev battle to be crowned US Open champion.

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Thiem has lost three Grand Slam finals, but he’s 7-2 vs Zverev and the muscular Austrian has shone where Zverev has struggled in the quarters and semifinals. Can Zverev find a way to upset the favourite and crown himself?

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Thiem vs Zverev: Head-to-head

Dominic Thiem leads the head-to-head with Alexander Zverev 7-2, and has won their last three matches and all three matches they have played at Grand Slam level.

They last met at the Australian Open in January when Thiem lost the first set but won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(4).

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Dominic Thiem is rightfully the favourite to win this US Open final. Obviously anything can happen when two players take to the court, particularly at this oddest of US Opens. But since the shock exit of Novak Djokovic guaranteed a new Grand Slam men’s singles champion, only one of these two players has looked absolutely ready to rise to the occasion, and that’s been Thiem.

While his early-round performances were average, good enough but no better, Thiem has started playing his best tennis in the second week, flattening young pretenders Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur. In the semifinal clash which was decidedly the heavyweight bout of the two, Thiem’s proactive, aggressive tennis rocked 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev back on his heels, and although it was a long and gruelling match, Thiem absolutely refused to let it become any longer or more gruelling than it had to be: He came back from a set down in both the second and third sets and saved set point in the second-set tie-break to win 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5).

Alexander Zverev is 2-7 vs Dominic Thiem (PA Images)

By contrast, Alexander Zverev played a very poor first set in the quarterfinals against Borna Coric, a match which never rose above the mediocre, and he was appalling in the first two sets against Pablo Carreno Busta. He did play better, but never really well, and often looked like he was struggling to win a point with any shot other than his first serve. Credit to Zverev for digging himself out of a hole, but it was a hole he buried himself in. To start two matches in a row very poorly, looking unprepared to be out there, doesn’t suggest that he’s primed to win this title.

Will Zverev play better when he’s not the favourite to win, as he was against Coric and Carreno Busta? Perhaps. There’s also the right Achilles issue which bothered Thiem in his semifinal against Medvedev, although his trainer has insisted he’ll be fine for Sunday.

Still, the head-to-head is pretty one-sided in Thiem’s favour: He has won seven of nine vs Zverev, all three of their Grand Slam matches (including a four-set battle in the semifinals of the Australian Open) and the last three they have played. The Austrian’s tremendous power off both wings, even when well behind the baseline, can break down Zverev’s more erratic forehand, and he’s just generally a more rounded and versatile player right now, not to mention psychologically primed to seize this opportunity. After losing to him, Medvedev said that Thiem had a ‘winning energy’. I agree.

Thiem vs Zverev: Prediction

With both men looking to reach their first Grand Slam final, will it be Alexander Zverev or Pablo Carreno Busta who seizes opportunity at the US Open?

Zverev vs Carreno Busta is live from New York on Thursday 10 September, 4pm local/9pm BST

Alexander Zverev has long been seen as a Grand Slam champion-in-waiting, but nerves almost cost him his chance to make the semifinals for the first time in New York. Can he shake them off when he faces Carreno Busta?

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Pablo Carreno Busta had to battle for over four hours to shake off the challenge of Denis Shapovalov, but after two days’ rest, will he have what he needs in the tank to take down Zverev?

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Zverev vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Alexander Zverev beat Pablo Carreno Busta in their only previous meeting, winning 7-6(4), 6-2 in the semifinals of the Miami Masters in 2018.

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Alexander Zverev played, in Tuesday’s quarterfinal match against Borna Coric, like a man who knew he had been given a huge opportunity at this Grand Slam by Novak Djokovic’s exit, and that’s not a compliment.

While Djokovic going out didn’t affect this match-up, knowing that it would be Pablo Carreno Busta or Denis Shapovalov waiting in the semifinals and not 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic – and knowing that a new male Grand Slam champion was guaranteed – the sense of being desperate not to let this opportunity slip hung in the air and Zverev might well be on the plane home if Coric hadn’t also played like he felt it.

Zverev played an abysmal first set and although he levelled, winning the second set in a tie-break, he still might not have managed to lift himself out of the mire, had Coric not hesitated when he had a chance to really put his foot down: With Zverev serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the third set, Coric was on top of the point. Instead of sticking to his guns, Coric backed off, throwing in a drop shot which Zverev tracked down for a winner. The German went on to win the third set in a tie-break and did not look back throughout the fourth for a 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 6-3 victory.

Pablo Carreno Busta is playing his second US Open semifinal (PA Images)

Zverev’s old nemesis, the nervous double fault, came back to haunt him and he finished the match with 18 aces to 12 double faults, which would probably be fine if they didn’t have a tendency to arrive in battalions. Whichever way you slice it, he will have to play better to beat Carreno Busta in the semifinals. The good news is that he definitely can.

Carreno Busta played well – actually very well – in his quarterfinal against Denis Shapovalov, but it will have been a draining effort, taking over four hours; the Spaniard said himself he was ‘destroyed’ afterwards, although fortunately he has two days to rest thanks to US Open scheduling. The 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-3 victory was mainly due to Carreno Busta being absolutely clutch in the tie-breaks, and he also showed his experience in the way he managed his energy levels through the five-set match.

The attacking Shapovalov, however, will be a different challenge to Zverev. The key thing about Zverev is that he is quite capable of dropping to the back of the court and trying to grind out a win over Carreno Busta from the baseline – a tactic which probably would work, given his physical advantage over the Spaniard. Given that this will be mitigated by the extra day’s rest, however, it would be much smarter for Zverev to step in, leverage his superior power and attempt to dictate play with his backhand. Zverev has enough levels left to go to that he should win this in three or perhaps four.

Zverev vs Carreno Busta: Prediction

Alexander Zverev has a golden opportunity at the US Open – if he can overturn a losing record against quarterfinal opponent Borna Coric.

Zverev vs Coric is live from New York on Tuesday 8 September, 1.30pm local/6.30pm BST

A semifinalist at the Australian Open in January, Germany’s Alexander Zverev has a chance to match that result at the US Open – and with no Novak Djokovic blocking the way to the final, possibly go further and finally reach that Grand Slam title match it feels like he’s always been destined for.

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But standing in Zverev’s way is Borna Coric, the determined Croatian who saved six match points earlier in the tournament and has a winning record against the German.

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Zverev vs Coric: Head-to-head

Borna Coric leads the head-to-head 3-1. He won their first two matches in 2015 and at the US Open in 2017 before Zverev beat him at the Miami Masters in 2018. Coric won their most recent meeting, which came on grass in Halle in 2018.

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As with Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta, the player who trails 1-3 in the head-to-head is actually favoured to win this and that’s Sascha Zverev.
Not many people would have predicted him reaching a semifinal, not with Stefanos Tsitsipas as his projected quarterfinal opponent, but Tsitsipas fell victim to Coric and his own failure to convert one of six match points he held against the Croatian earlier in the tournament.

Zverev looked to have a tougher draw than Tsitsipas coming into the US Open, but it’s the German who’s still here after four rounds, and he hasn’t once gone to five sets – a significant improvement on some of his other major campaigns. He dropped sets against Kevin Anderson, Brandon Nakashima and Adrian Mannarino before taking care of business in efficient straight sets against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who was troubled with a foot injury, in the last 16.

Borna Coric has played two five-set matches at the US Open (PA Images)

It’s been decent, but Zverev has yet to really shine for me at this tournament, and the chances are he’ll have to do just that against Coric. The Croatian might regret the energy he expended against Juan Ignacio Londero in the second round, going five sets with the Argentine; coupled with the Tsitsipas match, that’s a lot of emotional energy expended as much as physical and Coric does have a history filled with injuries. The 23-year-old dominated proceedings among Jordan Thompson, and as aforementioned, he has a very good record against Zverev; I don’t find it hard to see why, because Zverev has a tendency to sit back and rally, trying to outgrind his opponent and waiting for errors. Not only does Coric not tend to give up errors in the kind of numbers that would make this a winning strategy, but he’s all too likely to take the opportunity to come in and attack.

Big serving will be key for Zverev: Big serving and a proactive attitude. I think it will be a long match, and he’ll find himself having to outlast Coric as anything, but the German has a real opportunity here. I don’t think he’ll waste it.

Zverev vs Coric: Prediction

Fifth seed Alexander Zverev faces a tough opener against former finalist Kevin Anderson at the US Open.

Zverev vs Anderson is live from New York on Monday 31 August, 1.30pm local/6.30pm BST

Alexander Zverev lost his only match at the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters to one play who is trying to make their way back from a lengthy injury break – will he suffer the same fate at the US Open?

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The 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson, who also reached the Wimbledon final in 2018, struggled with elbow and knee injuries in 2019 and is trying to rebuild his ranking after it dropped out of the top 100. Can he cause the first big upset of the US Open 2020 by knocking out the fifth seed?

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Zverev vs Anderson: Head-to-head

This will be the fifth meeting between Zverev and Anderson. All four previous encounters have been won by Zverev: Anderson took a set in their first two encounters, but their two most recent matches – which took place within weeks of each other at the Citi Open and Rogers Cup in the summer of 2017 – were straight-sets victories for the German.

Kevin Anderson made the US Open final in 2017 (PA Images)

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In addition to taking some (justifiable) PR heat for his failure to follow self-isolation guidelines, Zverev recruited a new coach during the shutdown in the form of former pro David Ferrer, but the 23-year-old’s return to ATP Tour action did not go well: Zverev lost 3-6, 6-3, 5-7 to Andy Murray at the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters (played this year in New York).

Murray is, of course, an incredible player but he had played only one match since the previous November and it was not the statement Zverev wanted to make ahead of the US Open. The world no. 7’s serve was a particular cause for concern; although he served well in the second set, when the crucial moments arrived in the decider, Zverev’s serve proved fragile. When serving for the match at 5-4, he double-faulted twice at deuce; then when serving to stay in the match at 5-6, he double-faulted twice to 0-30.

Zverev’s serve has ebbed and flowed already this season: It was plagued by double faults at the ATP Cup in January, for example, and then proved formidable at the Australian Open just over a week later, playing a significant role in Zverev’s run to the semifinals – his best Grand Slam result so far.

So just because Zverev didn’t serve well at the Western & Southern Open doesn’t mean he won’t at the US Open. But there shouldn’t be much room for error on that front in his first-round match against Anderson, because the one sacrosanct rule of playing these six-foot-plus big servers is to hold one’s own serve.

When Anderson last played the US Open he was ranked world no. 5 and defending runner-up points from the previous year, when he stayed tough as the draw disintegrated and was rewarded by a first Grand Slam final appearance, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal. His run to the Wimbledon final in 2018 was more memorable for his defeats of Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth and then John Isner 26-24 in the fifth, but he only played 15 matches in 2019 – none after Wimbledon – as he struggled with knee and elbow injuries.

Anderson was 3-3 before the shutdown, but when he returned to competition in ‘Cincinnati’ looked much better than he had in January/early February, delivering a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 victory over world no. 44 Kyle Edmund.

Stefanos Tsitsipas ended Anderson’s tournament in the next round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the South African, but Anderson does have that Edmund win to draw on, which is more than Zverev has. The head-to-head is, obviously, overwhelmingly in Zverev’s favour, but they haven’t played since 2017, and the German’s game has changed a bit since then – his serve getting more fragile being the clearest example. Zverev should be able to make it 5-0, but not before Anderson grabs a set or even two.

Zverev vs Anderson: Prediction

Andy Murray looks for his first win over a top-10 opponent in more than three years as he takes on world no. 7 Alexander Zverev at the Western & Southern Open.

Murray vs Zverev is live from Cincinnati on Monday 24 August

After claiming a hard-fought win over Frances Tiafoe in his first official singles match of 2020, Andy Murray will face a top-10 player in the form of Alexander Zverev, with a place in the last 16 at the Cincinnati-New York Masters on the line.

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Murray last defeated a top-10 player at the French Open in 2017, before the lengthy battle with injury which almost saw him retire at the Australian Open in 2019 and now sees him attempting to rebuild his career with a metal hip. During Murray’s absence from the top echelons, Alexander Zverev has emerged as a force at the top of the game. Can he impose his authority on the rusty Murray on Monday?

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Murray vs Zverev: Head-to-head

Murray and Zverev have played just once before, at the Australian Open in January 2017 when Murray won 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Zverev was ranked world no. 83 at the time.

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Playing his first official match since the Davis Cup Finals last November, when a groin injury forced him on to the sidelines and kept him there through the Australian Open and the first two months of the tennis season before it all went crazy, Murray was hardly in vintage form against Frances Tiafoe on Saturday but he got the win.

Tiafoe had a break point in the first set, led 5-2 in the first-set tie-break and had a set point, only for Murray to somehow wriggle off the hook and take the lead 7-6(6). With that first set in his pocket, he was able to bounce back from losing the second set 3-6 to dominate the third 6-1, leading Tiafoe to comment on Instagram: ‘Had you by the balls bro but legends prevail.’

Dogged defense and the Murray trademark of somehow squeaking out points it felt he had no right to win by virtue of refusing to miss or let a ball get past him got the British player the win over Tiafoe, who too often lacks the killer instinct to close out his foes. Theoretically, things should be much tougher for Murray against world no. 7 Zverev.

Alexander Zverev has never beaten Andy Murray (PA Images)

The German will be playing his first official match – he played some exhibitions during the shutdown, as you may have heard – since losing to Tommy Paul in the round of 16 in Acapulco back in February. During the hiatus, he has picked up a new coach in David Ferrer, although the Spanish pro is not with him in New York.

Zverev had the best result of his career at Grand Slam level when he made the semifinals of the Australian Open in January, brushing off a double-fault-riddled and troubled 2019 season, and it was largely because of how well he served. This will be key against Murray. Zverev will want to avoid getting into a long, grinding baseline battle with Murray, and to do that he will need to serve well. I don’t believe Zverev will be able to keep up good serving throughout the match, so I can see him winning in three.

Murray vs Zverev: Prediction

Novak Djokovic could be headed for a semifinal clash with defending champion Daniil Medvedev as the Cincinnati Masters 2020 takes place in New York.

We break down the women’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Djokovic, Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas lead the field at the Western & Southern Open.

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The 2020 tennis season will finally get a Masters 1000 Series event played as the Western & Southern Open takes place, with main-draw play beginning on Saturday 22 August.

The tournament is being played behind closed doors at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, and is the first official ATP Tour event to be played since early March. Top seed Djokovic brings a perfect 18-0 record this season as he leads the field, and could be set for what would be a rematch of last year’s semifinals against defending champion Medvedev.

ATP Cincinnati Masters, New York Draw Analysis

Top Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (7)
Djokovic takes the court in New York having last lost a singles match in November, and having last played an ATP match in February when he beat Tsitsipas in the Dubai final. The world no. 1 has been in defiant mood, repeating his comparison of the media criticism he’s received lately to a ‘witch hunt’, but inasmuch as these things ever seem to affect his tennis, they tend to bring out the best in him – and Djokovic’s best is formidable.

This is not to say we should expect to see the 17-time Grand Slam champion playing anything like his finest, smoothest tennis next week. At 33, even the supremely fit Djokovic will be urgently trying to manage the physical transition back to competition after such an unusual and lengthy layoff as best he can.

Felix Auger-Aliassime could await Novak Djokovic in the third round (PA Images)

Wildcard Tommy Paul or a qualifier (a particularly dangerous proposition at the moment because they have had recent matches) will be Djokovic’s first opponent. Felix Auger-Aliassime, 13-9 in 2020 with two finals reached to his credit, could await if he isn’t ousted by hard-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili.

David Goffin was a surprise finalist in Cincinnati last year, but he had a very soft draw and this isn’t. Every player in his section except perhaps Benoit Paire could be a threat, especially when he could face Denis Shapovalov, Marin Cilic, Jan-Lennard Struff or Alex de Minaur in the third round. On the other hand, none of them look very threatening to Djokovic.

Predicted semifinalist: Djokovic

Second Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Daniil Medvedev (3) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (8)
It’s so hard to know what to expect from Medvedev. Last year’s US Open finalist and Cincinnati champion was 8-4 before the shutdown, during which he played little. Now defending his points in ‘Cincinnati’ (although revised rankings take that pressure off), Medvedev has a nice draw to play himself into form – a qualifier in the second round with Cristian Garin or Taylor Fritz in the third round. He should make the quarterfinals.

Roberto Bautista Agut (PA Images)

The perpetually underrated Roberto Bautista Agut has made a Masters 1000 Series final in the past (Shanghai 2016) and his draw isn’t bad, either: The Spaniard could open against Richard Gasquet, against whom he is 5-2. Projected third-round opponent Karen Khachanov could well go out in the first round to the unpredictable Sascha Bublik, who would have run out of steam by the time he got to Bautista Agut, or indeed to Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. This is one quarter where seeding could hold up.

Predicted semifinalist: Bautista Agut

Third quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Matteo Berrettini (6) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (4)
Berrettini and Tsitsipas both played Patrick Mouratouglou’s innovative Ultimate Tennis Showdown during the shutdown, so we’ll see if that ecelectic format had a beneficial effect for them.

Big-serving Berrettini was a surprise US Open semifinalist last year but had played just two matches in 2020 before the shutdown due to injury, so he could be an early seeded casualty, opening against a match-tough qualifier with tenacious Diego Schwartzman or big-serving Reilly Opelka waiting in the third round.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has found himself surrounded by big servers (PA Images)

Tsitsipas should be in better shape, but he’s got a tougher draw. Former US Open finalist Kevin Anderson or Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund will be his opening opponent, while either John Isner or Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz are likely to await in the third round if he gets through that. This is the quarter of the big servers; could the diminutive Schwartzman outwit them all?

Predicted semifinalist: Schwartzman

Fourth quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Alexander Zverev (5) vs Dominic Thiem (2)
A really interesting, tightly-packed quarter this one. Thiem played 28 exhibition matches during the shutdown, just to keep his hand in, and if someone apart from Djokovic is going to win the US Open, the Austrian has to be among a shortlist of contenders. Often Thiem is too exhausted/over-scheduled to be at his most effective at this time of year, but that shouldn’t be a problem in 2020.

Thiem could open against Filip Krajinovic, a better player than his ranking but injury-prone and erratic, with Grigor Dimitrov a projected third-round opponent, although the Bulgarian is unlikely to be at his best after a draining bout of COVID-19.

Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Zverev has a rather tougher path of it: He could open against Andy Murray, should the man with the metal hip beat Frances Tiafoe in the first round. Andrey Rublev, the Russian who scored wins over Tsitsipas and Roger Federer on American hard courts last year, could await in the third round: Rublev faces Dan Evans, who played well during the Battle of the Brits, and who is a career-high world no. 28 at the moment, in the first round, but leads the head-to-head 2-1. Big servers Milos Raonic (always dangerous despite his struggles with injury) and Sam Querrey will face the winner.

Semifinalist: Thiem

ATP Cincinnati Masters, New York Prediction

Semifinals: Djokovic d. Bautista Agut
Thiem d. Schwartzman

Final: Djokovic d. Thiem

Alexander Zverev was to be the headliner at the Bett1 Aces tournament in Berlin from 13-15 July but has pulled out without explanation.

Nick Kyrgios has also withdrawn from the tournament, as has France’s Caroline Garcia.

The Bett1 Aces tournament will be played at the Steffi Graf Stadium and at the Airport Templehof from 13-19 July. Other players currently listed on the website include retired Tommy Haas, Julia Goerges and Jannik Sinner.

Zverev has come under fire recently for breaching self-isolation guidelines. The 23-year-old was part of the Adria Tour, the exhibition series organised by Novak Djokovic which was cancelled after a slew of positive tests among players and support staff, and issued a statement on Instagram apologising ‘deeply’ to ‘anyone I have potentially put at risk’ and promising to isolate himself – only for footage of him partying in a very crowded club to emerge six days later.

The German player has yet to address that footage or issue another apology, but wrote on Instagram today that he would not be playing the Bett1 Aces event, writing:

‘I have made the decision to stay put and train with my team and not play any organised events at the moment. It’s never nice to miss the chance to play at home, but I will be back soon.’

The announcement followed comments by the tournament director Edwin Weindorfer that he might rescind Zverev’s invitation to participate in the Bett1 Aces, or require him to follow a strict code of conduct while playing in Berlin.

Zverev also confirmed that he has taken a third test for COVID-19 which returned a negative result, and confirmed the news that he was undergoing a trial period working with David Ferrer.

It was reported on Monday that Ferrer, the former world no. 2 and French Open finalist who retired in May 2019, had travelled to Monte Carlo for a two-week trial with Zverev, whose former coaches include Grand Slam champions Juan Carlos Ferrero and Ivan Lendl.

Zverev confirmed that he and Ferrer are undergoing a ‘trial period’, writing:

‘Could not be more excited to get to work. Can’t wait for the tour to be back.’

Kyrgios’s withdrawal from the Bett1 Aces event, meanwhile, was attributed to Australian travel restrictions. The Australian has certainly been vocal in his criticisms of other players who have travelled and participated in exhibitions and specifically called Zverev’s behaviour ‘idiotic’.

Caroline Garcia has pulled out of the tournament due to a foot injury.

Former French Open finalist David Ferrer now coaching Alexander Zverev on a trial basis.

Zverev and Ferrer are currently in the early stages of a two-week trial to test out the possibility of a more permanent arrangement.

Marca.com reports that Ferrer has travelled to Monte Carlo, where Zverev lives, to work with the German player. If things go well, Ferrer could join Zverev’s coaching team for the European clay-court season, with the Madrid Masters, Rome Masters and French Open all due to take place in a four-week period from mid-September.

It’s not clear whether Ferrer, who has a two-year-old son, would travel to the USA for the upcoming US Open even if the coaching trial goes well.

David Ferrer retired in May 2019 (Photo by pressinphoto/Sipa USA)

Ferrer was ranked as high as world no. 2 and reached the final of the French Open in 2013. He retired in May 2019 after persistent injury problems. Ironically enough, it was Zverev who beat the Spaniard in his final match, at the Madrid Masters.

The announcement comes with Zverev under fire for apparently breaching COVID-19 safety protocols. The 23-year-old German was one of the players who took part in Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour, which was cancelled after players began testing positive for coronavirus. Zverev was not among them, but declared that he and his team would be self-isolating for the recommended 14 days – only for video of him partying in a crowded club six days later to emerge on social media.

He was heavily criticised, with Nick Kyrgios among those calling his behaviour ‘idiotic’ and ‘selfish’, while the director of the Berlin tournament Zverev is due to play from 13-19 July said he might rescind Zverev’s invitation or require him to follow a strict code of conduct while in Berlin.

Ferrer was known as one of the most hard-working, humble and professional players on the ATP Tour, so bringing him on board at this point could be a strategic move to divert attention from criticism of Zverev, who has been slated for a perceived lack of professionalism in the past as well as for his ill-advised behaviour during the COVID-19 crisis.

This is not the first time that Zverev has shown himself willing to add a big name to his coaching team – but his previous partnerships haven’t worked out well.

Zverev with Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem during the Adria Tour – Dimitrov would be the first to test positive for coronavirus (PA Images)

Zverev worked with Juan Carlos Ferrero, the former world no. 1 and French Open champion who, like Ferrer, hails from Spain. The partnership began in July 2017 and lasted eight months before the pair split after the 2018 Australian Open, with Zverev claiming that Ferrero had been ‘disrespectful’ to his team while Ferrero heavily implied that Zverev’s lack of professionalism was to blame, saying that they had ‘different ideas about how to be a professional off the court’. Zverev’s habit of arriving 20-30 minutes late to a practice session was one of the issues cited by Ferrero.

Ivan Lendl, who won eight Grand Slams during his time as a player and went on to have a highly fruitful coaching partnership with Andy Murray, began working with Zverev later in 2018. The year ended with Zverev’s biggest title to date, scoring back-to-back victories over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to win the season-ending ATP Finals in London. But the 2019 season was a torrid one for Zverev, who struggled on the court while being mired in a legal dispute with his former agent off the court, and Lendl announced the end of their relationship in July.

Lendl noted that Zverev ‘was still very young’, adding: ‘[C]urrently he has some off-court issues that make it difficult to work in a way that is consistent with my philosophy.’

Zverev shot back that he felt like he wanted more of Lendl’s attention on the tennis court and less on the golf course.

Regardless of his off-court difficulties, Zverev is still considered to be one of the leading lights of the younger generation in men’s tennis, although Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem have all overtaken him in the rankings.