Alexander Zverev says he is at the stage of his career where he wants titles, not plaudits, after admitting he was disappointed with his Australian Open result.
Zverev reached his first Grand Slam final last year at the US Open before losing out to Dominic Thiem.
Earlier this month he went as far as the Australian Open quarterfinals before losing a tight match against Novak Djokovic.
He also led Germany to the semi-finals of the ATP Cup, and he says that while he is happy with the tennis his is producing, it’s wins that the 23-year-old really wants.
“I thought I showed very good tennis, but somewhere it was also a disappointing trip for me,” Zverev told Eurosport.
“In my career now, I am where I no longer want to play nice tournaments or nice matches, but I want to win. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that here.
“[The Australian summer showed] that I can play with the best and also win against the best.
“So I take a lot of positive things with me. But all in all it was disappointing that I was out in the quarter-finals, even though it was against the number one in the world.”
Zverev is very firmly established as the top German singles player now, and he knows hopes rest with him to bring tennis success back to the country.
That, he insists, is a strong motivation right now.
“[I would like to] make tennis more popular in Germany,” he added.
“Angelique Kerber has done a lot with her Grand Slam victories in recent years. And I hope that the German boys will do something too.
“[I hope] that I will always go far in the Grand Slams, but others like [Jan-Lennard] Struff and our doubles boys, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, who have already won two Grand Slams, also have a lot to do with it.”
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