‘Absurd that Roger Federer is above me in the world rankings,’ says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev has described the current ATP rankings system as ‘absurd’ given Roger Federer is above him.

Zverev is ranked number seven in the world, one below Federer, who has only played two matches in the last 400 days due to injury.

Federer has been able to retain his ranking due to an emergency rethink of the rankings rules to protect players’ careers during the coronavirus crisis.

It essentially means points are protected from tournaments played before the pandemic, but Zverev isn’t a fan.

“I am Roger Federer’s biggest fan, but he hasn’t played in a year and is above me in the rankings,” Zverev told the press in Acapulco, where he is the second seed.

“I played a Grand Slam final, a Masters final; won two tournaments; right now the system is a mess.

“The ranking doesn’t really matter to me and with the system we have now … I mean, I should be in the top five, top four in the world in the normal system, but the system we have now is a bit absurd.”

Zverev also touched on his ambitions moving forward, explaining that he is no longer a youngster and needs to start delivering soon.

“It is no secret that my goal is to compete and win Grand Slams, to be one of the best players in the world,” he said.

“At the end of the day I am at a stage in my career, I am 23 years old, I don’t want to play big games, I want to win and I want to win those kinds of games.”

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