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Alexander Zverev’s 2019 provided an education in off-court management. He was embattled in a legal dispute with former agent Patricio Apey, and parted ways with coach Ivan Lendl. Amidst all this distraction, the highly ranked German went 5-0 in fifth sets. Not bad for someone who, you may have heard, has yet to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.
Too often, Zverev has built comfortable leads at the majors, only to see his time on court dragged out. His serve is vital to his success, but it has left him out to dry. During the Laver Cup, Federer and Nadal pressed Zverev to drop his negative mindset and bring fire to the table. He responded, and won the Cup for Europe. If Zverev is finally able to subdue his discouraging thoughts without two legendary consultants, he has the tools to put his substandard Slams in the rear view.