World cardinal four Alexander Zverev has appear which amateur he considers "perfect" in tennis, while advertence his ambition for the new year.
Zverev enjoyed the best acknowledged year of his career in 2017 as he won bristles ATP titles, his aboriginal anytime Masters 1000 appellation and accomplished a career-high apple cardinal three ranking.
The 20-year-old was no agnosticism helped by the absence of abounding afflicted stars such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, but still managed to end the year impressively as the cardinal four-ranked amateur in the world.
However, his performances in the Grand Slams larboard abundant to be adapted as the German's best achievement was a annular of 16 avenue at Wimbledon to Milos Raonic. He is additionally yet to exhausted a top 50 amateur in a Grand Slam as he appear his ambition is artlessly to do abundant bigger in the above events.
"I'm the apple cardinal four, accordingly I achievement to do bigger at the Slams this year," Zverev said on the ZDF Sports Studio German programme via Tennis Apple USA.
The altercation again angry to whether there was a "perfect" amateur in tennis, and while Zverev initially claimed there was none, he anon afflicted his mind.
"There's no one 'perfect' in tennis," he added. "Except maybe aback we allocution about Roger [Federer]. You could say he's perfect."
Roger Federer enjoyed a career renaissance in 2017 as he won six titles, including two Grand Slams, to end the year as the apple cardinal two at 36 years of age.
Zverev conspicuously faced the Swiss ace three times in the agenda year as he absent alert but managed to defeat Federer — admitting accustomed a aback abrasion — in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Former apple cardinal one Marat Safin afresh backed Zverev to be the one youngster able of afterwards Federer and Rafael Nadal.
"For me, Zverev, I think," Safin revealed. "Plus he has a acceptable coach, [Juan Carlos] Ferrero. He was a acceptable amateur and has done acceptable assignment with him.
"He is cardinal four in the world, so he can manage, so let's see. The blow [of the adolescent stars], we'll delay for abutting year."