In-form Alexander Zverev confident he can conquer Rafael Nadal

Alexander Zverev admits he is going into the French Open with sky-high confidence after his recent brilliant form.

The 21-year-old German took Rafael Nadal to three sets in the Rome final and claimed both the Munich and Madrid titles this year for himself

Zverev is seeded second and faces unfancied Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in round one, and he is planning to take it one game at a time in Paris.

“It’s obviously been a fantastic clay-court season for me,” he said. “Winning so many matches in a row was great coming in here.

“Obviously there are a lot of other great players playing here; Rafa, Novak and everybody. They are all getting on top of their game.

“This is a long tournament with a lot of hard matches. I’m not trying to think that, you know, I’m going to play Rafa in the final. That’s not how I’m thinking.

“I’m thinking about every single match. I’m thinking about how to beat Berankis in the first round. That’s my thought process right now.”