WATCH—An update on the ATP race to London:
The 21-year-old German qualified for his second ATP Tour Finals in a row when he reached the semifinals of Shanghai, and is happy to have established himself in the upper ranks since his breakthrough in 2017.
"You know, kind of solidifying that I am a Top 5 player this year, and obviously with Novak [Djokovic] coming back, winning two Grand Slams, and other players like [Juan Martin] del Potro playing great again, it was a much tougher year, for sure," Zverev said in Shanghai. "But I feel like I'm a better player. I feel like I'm still competing for the best and biggest tournaments."
Though he was critical of his performance against Djokovic in the Shanghai semifinals, Zverev saw it as a good week in general.
"I got to the semifinals here, which I'm very happy about. This match, nothing went the way I wanted. I mean, from the start I did not feel right," he said. "I've still got big tournaments ahead of me. I qualified for London, which is positive. There are still positive things."
Zverev is not slacking off as the season wraps up, as he took an unusual step in doing intense training during a big tournament to get him in shape for the next few weeks.
"In Beijing, I arrived there on Tuesday and I was already training every single day for four, five hours a day and also through the tournament through the matches we trained, and we thought this was a good schedule," Zverev said. "I was very tired, I didn't play my best in Beijing."
Lendl came to Beijing for the training sessions, which began paying off in Shanghai.
"He doesn't want to leave Connecticut most of the time," Zverev said of Lendl, who previously worked with Andy Murray.
Lendl returned home before Shanghai, but the world No. 5 assured press they are still working together.
"He just has some sort of small wrist surgery that he has to do, and then he'll be back in Europe, in London, for sure," Zverev said, before jokingly adding that the injury was not from tennis. "No, that's his golf. He's playing too much."
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