Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, and Roger Federer

“I don’t see the qualities in Alexander Zverev that I see in Novak Djokovic or Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer, yet" - Mats Wilander

Anshul Singh

In a recent interview with Eurosport, Mats Wilander said that Alexander Zverev doesn't possess the "qualities" of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic. Pointing out that the German didn't play like a "top player" against Denis Shapovalov, Wilander predicted that Zverev would not be "dominating" the ATP tour like the Big 3 have.

“I don’t see the qualities in Zverev that I see in Novak Djokovic or Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer, yet. Sascha Zverev is not going to be dominating like them because emotionally today [against Shapovalov] I don’t think he was a top player, to be honest," said Wilander.
Mats Wilander has questioned whether Alexander Zverev will ever fulfil his potential, and thinks the days of dominant players are over. #tennis #ausopen
3:54 PM · Jan 23, 2022

Shapovalov defeated Zverev in straight sets in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday, shattering the German's hopes of winning a first Major and becoming World No. 1. Enjoying a first-serve win percentage of 77%, the Canadian won the match 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Denis Shapovalov with the upset WIN over World No. 3 Zverev!

Shapo reaches the quarter-finals of the #AusOpen for the first time in his career. Faces none other than 2009 champion Rafael Nadal next.

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12:25 PM · Jan 23, 2022

Wilander claimed that this generation will not have a "big four." Instead, there will be up to 10 players winning one Major each.

Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open 2022
“There’s not going to be a big four in this generation. There are going to [be] seven, eight, nine, 10 guys that are going to win one of them. Sascha Zverev is one of them, Felix-Auger Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini," added the seven-time Grand Slam champion.

Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov will square off against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov at the Italian Open

Alexander Zverev will win a Slam this year: Mats Wilander

Despite not rating him as highly as the Big 3, Mats Wilander believes that Zverev can achieve the World No. 1 ranking and win a maiden Slam this year. However, he stressed that the German needs to "figure out" why he failed to play good tennis against Shapovalov.

"I've never heard Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer or Novka Djokovic mention money!"

Mats Wilander questions whether Alexander Zverev's priorities are in the right place

6:26 PM · Jan 23, 2022
“They set the bar so high, these three, that we come to expect that’s what you have to do. It’s so tough to do... Zverev will find it I think. He will still be No 1. I think he will win a Slam this year. It just wasn’t a good day today and we need to figure out why," concluded Wilander.
Alexander Zverev at the 2022 Australian Open

Following his defeat at the hands of Shapovalov at the Australian Open, Alexander Zverev will drop 190 points in the ATP rankings.

Although the German reached the US Open Final in 2020, he has never beaten a top-10 player at a Slam.

Also read: "It's no one else's fault; At the end of the day, as the World No. 3, I have to take responsibility for the things I do and don't do" - Alexander Zverev

Edited by Nihal Taraporvala
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