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Alexander Zverev keen to take French Open chance to make his mark

Alexander Zverev at French Open

Alexander Zverev is keen to seize his moment as the door opened up for him to become a Grand Slam winner and world number one in one fell swoop.

With Novak Djokovic losing in the French Open quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal, Zverev knows he will become world number one should he win the title.

He certainly underlined his credentials with a fine 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 win over Carlos Alcaraz on Tuesday.

It was, surprisingly, Zverev's first ever win against top ten opposition at a Grand Slam, but it was an authoritative display and one he his keen to build upon.

“At the end of the day, I'm not 20 or 21 years old anymore,” Zverev said after downing Alcaraz.

“I'm 25. I am at the stage where I want to win, I'm at the stage where I'm supposed to win, as well.

“We still have the best players in the world playing with Novak [Djokovic], Rafa [Nadal], and Roger [Federer] is coming back. Then you have the new generation, but I think our generation is very strong as well.

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"We have [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev who is a US Open champion. I won big events like the Olympics, as well.”

Alexander Zverev is also aware that while he used to be the young player hunting down the established stars, he is now one of the names the next generation of talent are starting to target - with Alcaraz leading the charge.

“I think Carlos is one of the best players in the world right now," he said.

"It seems quite impossible to beat him. But I knew that I had to play my absolute best from the first point on.

“Letting him go ahead in the match, letting him get the confidence was going to be a very difficult thing for me to come back from.

"In the end I'm happy that I won in four sets and didn't have to go to a fifth set.”

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