‘I’m in good form’ – Alexander Zverev vows to bury Indian Wells hoodoo

Alexander Zverev says he knows he needs to improve his Indian Wells record this year.

The world number four reached the fourth round on his debut at the event in 2016, but that is still as far as he has ever gone.

It’s a rare blot in his Masters-level events copybook, and it’s one he is keen to address.

“I’m coming here in very good form,” Zverev said. “And I hope that I can continue the form that I have.

“I played the fourth round here against Rafa [Nadal], I had the match point in 2016.

“I was 18 years old back then. Since then I haven’t reached a fourth round again. So, I hope that I can obviously go past the fourth round this year.”

The heat is likely to be a much greater factor than usual at Indian Wells after it was moved from it’s usual spot in March due to the COVID crisis.

Zverev, though, says adaptation is just part of tennis.

“It’s an interesting week because we’re not used to playing in this heat here in Indian Wells,” the four-time Masters champion continued. “Normally it’s a lot cooler, conditions are very different.

“But, I think everybody needs to adjust, and to be honest it’s going to be a very interesting tournament.”

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