US Open 2017: Alex Zverev’s final bid for first grand slam can be his year, says Roger Federer

Full picture is from just before the US Open in 2015 Alex Zverev can finally secure his first grand slam title, according to Roger Federer. The 19-year-old is one of three players – Federer,…

US Open 2017: Alex Zverev's final bid for first grand slam can be his year, says Roger Federer

Full picture is from just before the US Open in 2015

Alex Zverev can finally secure his first grand slam title, according to Roger Federer.

The 19-year-old is one of three players – Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – from the same generation to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.

He is in the same half as world number one Andy Murray and five-time winner Federer, who beat Marin Cilic in Friday’s quarter-final.

“After a long stretch, it could be his year,” said three-time champion Federer.

“With Rafael Nadal down, and as Andy went out, he’s the favourite.”

Zverev, who turned professional in 2010, is one of four players under the age of 21 to have made the final four in New York this year.

He also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.

“I think the environment Alex Zverev is in is the best one right now in the world for a teenager,” added world number two Nadal.

“I think this is the time to win a grand slam because so many young players are coming now and they are coming with so much power and with so much belief.

“Everyone feels comfortable when they walk in and they are just dominating the courts all the time. I think that’s good for the tennis world in general and for us in particular, to continue to improve.

“Maybe, I hope, I’m a little bit the same but for now I’m playing for myself.”

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