Sascha Zverev didn’t have a 2019 to write home about but his season did end better than expected. A weekend in Laver Cup seemed to do him the world of good as he found some form in Beijing and Shanghai. Paris and Basel was a quick hello and goodbye but he showed some of his best but some of his worst in London.
Brisbane for ATP Cup, could not have gone worse.
Zverev will head to Melbourne Park without a win in Brisbane as he fell to De Minaur, Tsitsipas and Shapovalov and against the latter two it wasn’t a contest.
A big problem over the last 12 months has been the double faults.
In 2018 he played 79 singles matches and hit 549 aces but 210 double faults.
In 2019 he played 69 singles matches and hit 709 aces but 392 double faults.
I don’t think you can argue the face that he has hit more aces for that reason. 182 more double faults in ten less matches is mad.
2020 hasn’t started much better. 31 double faults in his three matches and behind his second serve he won just 30 of his 91 points behind it.
There is more to his form that his double faults and second serve. His baseline game is completely lost right now. It became at times especially against Shapovalov an awkward watch and there have only been a few times I’ve felt like that watching a tennis match.
I’m watching a player who isn’t playing a game plan but playing where the ball lands and if anything is a bit hit and hope with a lost look.
I get last year there was a lot going on and a dip in confidence but he did find some rhythm in Asia and London so his performances so far this season have been a concern and he really needs these early rounds in Melbourne to pick up some momentum.