Zverev Serves Notice In Munich

BMW Open by FWU AG, Munich

[13] David Goffin (BEL) vs. [49] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Confidence, why do some players have it in abundance and some players struggle to maintain what little they have?  It would take hours to explain; however, Zverev is young and full of it.  There are so many factors in his favor and when you add his desire, he is a force to be reckoned with.  He has shown that since he burst on the ATP scene in 2013.  He can only get better with time and a bit of seasoning.  Goffin, gifted in his own way was no challenge for the young German.  The confidence that seems to ooze out of Zverev’s pores was noticeably absent from Goffin’s, despite the fact that he was the number one seed.

Why has Goffin struggled of late to produce the brilliant tennis that he produced consistently a few years ago? The obvious reason is injury.  Injury not only takes a toll on the body, it wreaks havoc with the mind.  When the mind goes, it’s only a matter of time before your game falters.  When you are not gifted with the skills of some of the top players, you have to work harder than most to get an advantage; Goffin relies on his body being fit to give him that advantage.  When you are afraid to trust that your body can keep you in the point, that small percentage of doubt becomes magnified in errors on the tennis court.  Despite a slight dip in his concentration in the second set, Zverev was the better player today and won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and served notice to his next opponent.  Will Zverev get by the in-form Dominic Thiem?

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