Alexander Zverev Returns to Elite Tennis After Injury
German Tennis Star Makes Comeback at ATP Finals
After a seven-month absence from the tennis court due to a shocking ankle injury during the semifinals of Roland Garros 2022, Alexander Zverev has successfully made his way back to the top of the tennis world. Currently ranked eighth in the world and seventh in the Race, Zverev has secured a spot in the prestigious ATP Finals. With six ATP Finals titles to his name, only Novak Djokovic has won the competition more times than Zverev. In fact, Zverev lifted the trophy in his last appearance at the ATP Finals in 2021, as he did in 2018.
Carlos Alcaraz Faces Tough Opponent in ATP Finals Debut
Carlos Alcaraz, who will make his debut in the ATP Finals, will face a formidable opponent in Alexander Zverev. The German player is particularly suited to the hard court of the Pala Alpitour, where the tournament is held. Despite not having his best season, Zverev’s return to the circuit after a long absence is commendable. He has a record of 53 wins and 26 losses, with two titles in Hamburg and Chengdu. Alcaraz should be prepared for a challenging match against the experienced German player.
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Zverev’s health issues began after his victory in the Chinese ATP 250 tournament. He revealed that he had exercise-induced asthma, which affected his lungs. Zverev has been taking medication for this condition and expects to be fully recovered by mid-December. Despite feeling unwell, he managed to reach the semifinals in Beijing and faced difficulties with his breathing on the court. His performance in subsequent tournaments was mixed, with early exits in Shanghai and Tokyo, a quarterfinal appearance in Vienna, and a round of 16 exit in Paris.
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Zverev and Alcaraz have faced each other six times, with three wins each. Zverev won their first encounter in Acapulco 2021 and also defeated Alcaraz in the semifinals in Vienna of the same year. However, Alcaraz got his revenge in the final of the Madrid Masters 1000 in 2022. Their most intense match took place in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, which Zverev won in four sets. In their two meetings in 2023, Alcaraz emerged victorious, defeating Zverev in Madrid and the US Open.
ATP Finals Will Determine the Rivalry’s Outcome
The ATP Finals will be the ultimate test for Zverev and Alcaraz to settle their rivalry. With Zverev facing a €450,000 compensation payment to his ex-girlfriend Brenda Patea for ill treatment, he aims to focus solely on the tournament and not let the off-court controversy distract him. The outcome of their match in the ATP Finals will likely tip the balance in favor of one player, adding another chapter to their competitive history.