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Zverev to leave Hopman heartbreak behind

World No.4 Alexander Zverev suffered Hopman Cup heartbreak on Saturday, but he is now aiming to make a splash at the Australian Open.

Zverev to leave Hopman heartbreak behind

World No.4 Alexander Zverev suffered Hopman Cup heartbreak on Saturday, but he is now aiming to make a splash at the Australian Open.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV of Germany volleys during a practice session ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Australia.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV of Germany volleys during a practice session ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Alexander Zverev will enter the Australian Open with much more confidence that last year, despite losing to Roger Federer in the final of the Hopman Cup.

Zverev enjoyed a strong campaign in Perth, beating Lucas Pouille, David Ferrer, and Matthew Ebden during the group stage.


Federer got the better of Zverev 6-4 6-2 in a high-quality final on Saturday, but it was in the deciding mixed doubles where the German world No.4 suffered the biggest heartbreak, hitting the ball into the net on championship point.

It was the second straight year Germany had lost to Switzerland in the final, but Zverev is in much better form this summer.

Last year, Zverev won only one singles match at the mixed teams tournament before bombing out in the third round of the Australian Open.

"Compared to last year this was way better," Zverev said.

"Hopefully I can build on that.

"It's still the first week of the year. I'm not playing the best, but I'm also not playing the worst.

"I feel definitely I have some room to improve. But I'm excited about what lies ahead."

Zverev will head to Adelaide for a one-day exhibition before flying to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

The 21-year-old is equal third favourite alongside Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is the hot favourite to win, with Federer on the second line of betting.

Zverev showed he has the potential to beat the best when he ousted Federer and Djokovic on the way to winning the ATP World Tour Finals in November.

But he is yet to make a big impact in the majors, with his best result a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open last year.

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