Paris (AP) – Tired and with minor thigh problems, but above all with a lot of confidence, Alexander Zverev sets off for London.

“I think I’m on the right track since the tour resumed and I play tennis well,” said Zverev on Sunday evening in Paris, despite his defeat in the final against Russian Daniil Medvedev at the Masters 1000 tournament.

In London, with the ATP Finals of the eight best professionals of the year starting on Sunday, the final highlight of an extraordinary and demanding tennis year due to the coronavirus pandemic is on the agenda. “I’m looking forward to London, the ATP Finals are a very special tournament for me,” said Germany’s number one.

In 2018, Zverev managed to win the spectacle, which will take place this year for the last time at the O2 Arena in London before moving to Turin – the 23-year-old’s greatest success to this day. “It is a very special venue in which otherwise great artists appear. Although there will unfortunately be no spectators this year, it is a special place,” said Zverev, who, like all other players, will meet a first Corona in London on Monday. . -Test to undergo.

By the time it starts on Sunday, Zverev will also have charged his battery. After the two triumphs in Cologne he was also close to the next title in Paris, before losing his power in the 7: 5, 4: 6, 1: 6 against the strong Medvedev. “I was just tired,” admitted Zverev, “and my thigh felt a little strange.”

Zverev completely ignored the many headlines about his private life in Paris. The victories against Stan Wawrinka and especially against French Open champion Rafael Nadal did the Hamburg resident well in view of the uproar over the allegations of sexual assault by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharipova. “I know some people want to wipe the smile off my face. But under the mask I smile because people can try whatever they want,” said Zverev at the Accor Arena awards ceremony. “I have the people I love around me. I feel good on the field. I am doing well,” said Zverev.

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