28th NOVENTI OPEN June 12th to 20th 2021

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Interview with Alexander Zverev

How is the knee? It didn’t look to good on the grass. Then you were treated and somehow it went on?
Yes, I have a bit of pain and it is swollen but you could see that I was able to continue the match. The court was a bit wet but luckily then they switched on the air-conditioning and it got better. I hope it’s nothing serious and that it will be better tomorrow, not worse.
You seemed very motivated on the court right from the start. Is it that you want to get further in this tournament after your defeat in Stuttgart?
I think it’s rather because this is probably one of my favourite tournaments and I’m always motivated here. Last year, I played with an injury here and lost first round and this year I really want to do well. I hope this was a good start for a good tournament for me.
You will play Steve Johnson next. You only played him once and lost both sets in the tiebreak. Do you still think of that or is it a completely new story?
I was only 18 back then. It was three and a half years ago. A lot has changed since then. It was a very good match for both of us also for me and I hope that this time it will have a different ending. He is someone who has an unbelievable serve, a very good grass court game; he has won a few tournaments on grass. He has a good forehand and a very good slice. He beat Philipp in straight sets which also tells a lot. It won’t be an easy match but there are no bad players here. Therefore, there aren’t any easy matches here.
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