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'Zverev has to find himself again' says Becker ahead of Australian swing

Alexander Zverev in action

Former Grand Slam Champion Boris Becker believes Alexander Zverev will start this year with a clean slate after a turbulent 2020.

On court Zverev faired well, reaching the semi-finals of the the Australian Open, the final of the US Open, and the final of the Paris Masters. He also won two consecutive ATP 250 Titles in Cologne.

Off court, however, his personal life hit the spotlight when accusations emerged from an ex-girlfriend of an unhappy and abusive relationship which Zverev strongly denied.

The German has found it difficult to develop a long-term stable partnership with a coach over the last few years.

Former World number one Juan Carlos Ferrero left due to coaching differences and his replacement Ivan Lendl left a year later due to personal differences.

As of 2020 Zverev started working with former World Number 3 and 2013 French Open Finalist David Ferrer which appeared to be going well until a recent announcement of his departure.

Now as the 2021 starts, Zverev, who is currently World number seven, has announced a split from his management agency, and a desire to go back to his roots, being coached and managed by family instead.

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Becker, his fellow countryman, believes this could be a good thing for Sasha.

"A lot happened last year for Sascha Zverev - in terms of sports and in his private life" Becker told Eurosport Germany.

"In sporting terms it was perhaps his best, in his private life perhaps the most difficult. That's called life, growing up.

"I think it's a shame that Ferrer is no longer coaching him. The two seem to have found a good chemistry, as shown by their successes on the court.

"Now Mischa Zverev will play a bigger role. He knows his brother inside out, was a world-class pro himself. You start from zero and that has to be the expectation.

"You have to find yourself again in this new sporting environment. Tennis starts at 0-0 and that's how I see it with him."

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