Alexander Zverev has warned the world’s best players that he ‘will be at the top of the game very soon’ following another title in Cologne.
Since Zverev enlisted the help of former world number three David Ferrer as his coach, he has raised his game considerably.
He reached – and narrowly lost – the US Open final and has since won two titles in Cologne in the last two weeks, the latest of which coming against Diego Schwarzman in the final.
He, though, had an ominous warning for the game’s established stars as he collected his trophy.
“[Thanks to] everybody who is involved with me and my work,” Zverev said after the match.
“It’s getting better and I think we are going to be on top of the game very soon.”
Zverev underwent a scan on a hip injury earlier in the week, prompting fears he may have to retire from the competition.
Those fears proved unfounded, though, and he was very grateful for that.
“Two days ago I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish the tournament and now I’m here as a champion so I’m happy I didn’t retire.
“Diego: congratulations for the past few months since the Tour started again.
“I think you’re one of the best players in the world. Making the finals in Rome, semi-finals in Paris and beating top players.”
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