Alexander "Sascha" Zverev Jr. is a German professional tennis player and currently the youngest player in the ATP top 10.He is the son of former Russian tennis player Alexander Zverev Sr. and the younger brother of tennis player Mischa Zverev. In May 2017 Zverev entered the ATP top 10 for the first time after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Italian Open.
Zverev was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1997. Both his parents, Alexander Sr. and Irina are former Russian tennis players, with his father having competed professionally for the Soviet Union. Zverev's older brother, Mischa, is also a professional tennis player.
Ranking: The German became youngest Top 20 player in nearly a decade on Oct. 17, 2016 (since No. 16 Djokovic on Nov. 13, 2006). Achieved new career-high ranking 14 times in 2016, and again on Feb. 13, 2017 (No. 18). Youngest player in 2015 year-end Top 100 and 2016 year-end Top 50. Broke into Top 100 on May 18, 2015 following Heilbronn, GER Challenger title and Top 50 on Apr. 25, 2016 after reaching Barcelona 3R (l. to Jaziri). Earned 1st ATP ranking point as 15-year-old on Aug. 27, 2012 after 1st Futures win at Karlsruhe, GER as WC (d. Lichtenegger, l. to Wunner in 2R). Finished 2013 as World No. 1 junior.
Milestones: Snapped Wawrinka’s 11-match win streak in finals to capture 1st ATP World Tour title at 2016 St. Petersburg. Became youngest ATP champion since Nishikori at 2008 Delray Beach and 1st teen since Cilic at 2008 New Haven. Won singles and doubles title with older brother Mischa at 2017 Montpellier -- 1st player to sweep since Hewitt at 2014 Newport and 1st brothers since Murrays at 2011 Tokyo. Owns Challenger titles at 2014 Braunschweig, GER as WC (d. Mathieu) and 2015 Heilbronn, GER (d. Pella). Earned 44 tour-level wins during 2016 season -- 30 more than 2015 and 40 more than 2014. Beat Federer in 2016 Halle SF to become youngest player to defeat Swiss since Nadal in 2005 Roland Garros SF. Made ATP debut at 2013 Hamburg as WC (l. to Bautista Agut) and earned 1st 4 wins en route to 2014 Hamburg SF as WC (d. Haase, Youzhny, Giraldo and Kamke; l. to Ferrer). Went 96-35 on ITF Juniors Circuit including wins over fellow #NextGenATP players Chung, Fritz, Kozlov, Paul, Rublev and E. Ymer.
Grand Slams: Advanced to 3R at 2016 Roland Garros (l. to Thiem), 2016 Wimbledon (l. to Berdych) and 2017 Australian Open (l. to Nadal after leading 2 sets to 1). Together with M. Zverev at 2017 Australian Open, became 1st brothers to reach Grand Slam 3R since Blacks at 1998 Australian Open. Made Grand Slam main draw debut at 2015 Wimbledon (d. Gabashvili 97 in 5th, l. to Kudla in 2R). Won 2014 Australian Open junior title (d. Chung in QF and Kozlov in final) and reached 2013 Roland Garros junior final (l. to Garin).
ATP Masters 1000: Reached 1st ATP Masters 1000 QF at 2017 Miami, saving 3 MPs against Isner in 3R before upsetting top seed Wawrinka in 4R (l. to Kyrgios). Beat Dimitrov and Simon en route to 2016 Indian Wells 4R (l. to Nadal after holding 1 MP).
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