Triumph in Rome makes Zverev dream again

Henry

Alexander Zverev is back on the winning track after winning the Italian Open in Rome.

The German beat Nicolas Jarry 6-4 and 7-5 in the battle for the silverware and it was his first title success since he injured his ankle in a French Open match against Rafael Nadal in 2022.

Rome is undoubtedly a special tennis destination for Zverev – after all, he also walked away with the laurels in the Italian capital in 2017.

“I tasted my first Masters tournament success here and now I won again for the first time after my injury. Rome is definitely a very special place,” he said.

According to Zverev, his latest victory proved that he is still good enough to win tournaments.

“I play the kind of tennis I want to play and now I can dream again. Career-wise, this show was very important for me.”

However, he should have known his story against Jarry – the Chilean player had, among other things, dealt with Tommy Paul and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the run-up to the final.

“Nicolas is currently playing excellent tennis. If he continues to play like this, he will get many more opportunities on the big stage. I am grateful that I was able to beat him.”

Zverev’s Rome triumph means he now occupies fourth place in the official ATP rankings and he has been tipped to continue the success story at the French Open.

“When I play poorly, I can lose to anyone. However, when I am on my pieces, I know that I can deal with any player. I just have to find my feet in Paris – after all, my fate of success is in my own hands.”