‘I need to raise my level,’ says Alexander Zverev as he eyes Grand Slam breakthrough

Alexander Zverev says he needs to ‘raise his level’ in the second week of Wimbledon if he wants to match the top players at Grand Slams.

Zverev used to have a reputation for failing to go deep in Grand Slams, although now he has become brutally efficient in his dismissal of opponents in the earlier rounds.

Where he is struggling now is in the second week when the opponents improve, and he knows that has to change if he’s to fulfil his potential.

“My opponents are going to get better [as the tournament progresses],” Zverev said ahead of his third round match against Taylor Fritz.

“If you’re playing against a Novak [Djokovic], if you’re playing against Nadal or someone like that you raise your level, and they raise their level as well because it’s a more competitive match.

“I feel like the top guys always raise their levels in the second week of Grand Slams.”

Zverev overpowered Tennys Sandgren in the second round, although even that straight sets win didn’t leave him satisfied.

“For a second round I played very decent tennis, but I also do know that there will be guys, there will be opponents who will not let me play this well and who will try to break my rhythm, who will try to break my game up.

“And those are the kinds of moments where I will need to step up and play even better.”

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