Alexander Zverev: ‘Fresh’ Novak Djokovic still favourite for US Open, but other guys are in great shape’

Alexander Zverev in action

It is difficult to look past Novak Djokovic in terms of the favourite tag for the US Open, but Alexander Zverev feels it is “going to be an interesting” tournament.

Having won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, world No 1 Djokovic will be gunning for a Calendar Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.

But Zverev’s hat is also in the ring as he will head to the US Open having won gold in the singles at the Olympics – where he beat Djokovic in the semi-final – and the Western & Southern Open.

“The US Open is a week that everyone is looking forward to,” the German said. “Novak will be back and I think he is going to be the favourite but I think other guys are going to be in great shape and looking forward to the week.

“Let’s see how it goes but there is still one week to go and I still have a lot of work ahead of me. I need to find my rhythm in New York as well and I am looking forward to it.”

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Zverev beat Rublev in the Cincinnati Master final on Sunday and the world No 4 believes the Russian and the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will be in with a shout at the final Grand Slam of the year.

“I do think that he’s still the favourite. I do think he’s going to be playing incredible tennis there,” he said. “He’s going to be fresh, and I think there is also other guys that are in very good form. I think Rublev is in very good form, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, all those guys are playing great tennis.

“It’s definitely going to be an interesting US Open. But I’m also looking forward to it, because I know where I stand, I know how I’m playing, and I hope I can continue the work and hopefully play even better in New York.”