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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Zverev Brothers of Tennis

Mikhail "Mischa" Zverev (born 22 August 1987) and Alexander "Sascha" Zverev Jr.  (born 20 April 1997) are German professional tennis players, who have made names for themselves.  Mischa has just knocked number one seed Andy Murry out of the Australian Open of Tennis, and Sascha almost did the same to Rafael Nadal yesterday, playing a hard fought match in Melbourne.  

Both are sons of Alexander Zverev, who was a well known tennis player for the former Soviet Union.  Mischa was born in Moscow, and Alexander in Hamburg, after the family relocated there in 1991.  Both brothers live in Monte Carlo, Monaco, but compete under the German flag.  Mischa is coached by his father.   

Alexander is considered something of a phenom on the international tennis circuit, and it is predicted that, in a few years, he will certainly become the number one ranked player.  In 2013 and 2014, he was the number one ranked player of the world juniors players, and in 2014 he began to play professional tennis as well, reaching the semi finals of that year's German Open.  In the tennis world, at least, and also elsewhere, he is the world’s most touted teenager.   

Yesterday Alexander Zverev scored a Pyrrhic victory when he won a 37-shot rally against Rafael Nadal. The players were deep into a fifth set by then, and the cost of that 54-second burst of energy – which must have felt like a 400m dash performed at full speed – left Zverev hobbled with cramp.   Nadal was thus able to muscle his way through to a fourth-round meeting with Gael Monfils, via a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.  
 On a personal level, he is single, and in addition to Monaco, maintains residences in Hamburg and Miami, where he is a great fan of NBA Basketball's Miami Heat.   The world expects great things from the younger brother. 

It is the elder brother, however, who is the man of the day.  As Juniors, he lost to Andy Murry in a match in 2004, near the start of his career.  As a junior he compiled a 123–50 win/loss record in singles (and 79–33 in doubles).  Over the years he has been considered a good player.  In 2016 he set a record by qualifying 10 times for an ATP World Tour main draw in 1 season.   Today, Zverev upset world No. 1 Andy Murray in the fourth round of the Australian Open, marking the biggest accomplishment of his career to date. He goes on to face Roger Federer later this week. 

1 comment:

Xersex said...

fabulous brothers!