Climbing the ranks

0420152 Alexander ZverevBMW Open by FWU AG, Munich

[CR119] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Yesterday Zverev was pushed to three sets in his first round match against [CR43] Benjamin Becker (GER).  Tomorrow he will face another countryman when he plays [CR26] Philipp Kohlschreiber. The draw does not get any easier for the teenager; yet, he has shown he can defeat higher ranked players. Does he have what it takes to upset Kohlschreiber? The problem for many tennis players is finding the right balance between playing offensively and defensively.  When you have a big forehand or backhand, the tendency is to sometimes prematurely go for your shot when patiently working the point may have been more beneficial.

Finding this balance may take years for some players or it may never happen as some players simply have no desire in adjusting their style of play. The lack of balance seems more prevalent in enthusiastic young players and Zverev gets into trouble when he is impatient.  However, there is a fine line because he must not get trapped in extended rallies as that is also detrimental to his game. He is still learning though and seems willing to make the adjustment.  He is slowly climbing the ranks and if he remains dedicated, there is no telling how high he can go.  If he stays focused and consistently executes his shots, there is no reason why he cannot defeat Kohlschreiber. However, is he ready to do so tomorrow?

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