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Wilander bets on Zverev as number one

Former tennis pro Mats Wilander considers Alexander Zverev to be the likely future number one in the world despite the early exit from the Australian Open.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Alexander Zverev was at the top,” said the 57-year-old Swede of “Sport Bild” when asked who he would bet on as the world number one in five years.

Zverev is his first choice: “He has the serve, the determination and the will to work. Therefore, he will learn to play well on all surfaces, in all Grand Slams.”

As a title candidate, Zverev was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Australian Open last Sunday. The 24-year-old from Hamburg must be “more self-confident” and should concentrate on “playing more constantly aggressively,” said former world number one Wilander: “With his hard serve and his basic strokes, he can sweep people off the field. But if that’s not the case when he does, he backs away voluntarily, stands further back and becomes too passive. Great champions don’t do that!”

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