Zverev thinks the Australian Open will be more open without Djokovic

Olympic champion Alexander Zverev said on Saturday that the absence of Novak Djokovic could make the Australian Open more “interesting” because the favoritism will be more evenly distributed.

In the German’s opinion, the Serbian “would be the favourite” if he is not eventually deported from the country for not being vaccinated, but “there are many others who have proven to be playing well here” such as the Russian Daniil Medvedev, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Spanish Rafa Nadal or himself.

“There are still a lot of other players with the potential to make this tournament really interesting. I think it will be fun to watch,” insisted Zverev, who last year captured Olympic gold in Tokyo and his second ATP Masters.

To talk about his current state of form, the German preferred to wait to notice what sensations he has after several games.

“I need to get back to the situation of playing in one of the biggest tournaments in the world, where I compete with the best players in the world,” he said.

“I’ve been training well. I felt the ball well. Hopefully I’ll be able to show it on court,” said Zverev, who is making his debut against compatriot Daniel Altmaier in the first round.

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