Fit-again Alexander Zverev ready to get his 2019 campaign going
It has been a slow start to 2019 for Alexander Zverev, but the German is ready to make up for lost time over the next few weeks.
Expectations are high this year after Zverev finished 2018 by beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic en route to winning the biggest title of his year, the ATP World Tour Finals.
However, he has so far failed to deliver this year as it has been a disrupted start to his campaign as he picked up an injury before the Australian Open and then lost in the fourth round of the hard-court major.
But he is now ready to up his game, starting with this week’s Mexican Open in Acapulco where he is seeded second behind Rafael Nadal.
“Every player has played more than me, basically. But I’m looking forward to it,” he told ATPWorldTour.com. “I’m looking forward to really getting going now because it’s a busy schedule with the Masters  series coming up [in Indian Wells and Miami] and also on clay I have a very busy schedule. It’s very exciting.”
Zverev injured his ankle in the build-up to the Australian Open, but he hopes his injury woes are now something of the past after being forced out of the Rotterdam Open.
“I had to take Rotterdam off, unfortunately, and I was with a doctor that I’ve seen for a long time already,” the world No 3 said. “I hope it’s going to get better, and I hope I’ll be pain-free very shortly.”
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