Alexander Zverev has done it again!
After kicking off the year with a third-round finish at the Australian Open and a win at the Open Sud de France, it’s been onward and upward for the 20-year-old German. Zverev went on to break the top ten for the first time in his career, defeating the likes of Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Novak Djokovic, and most recently, Roger Federer along the way.
His win against Djokovic (6-4, 6-3) to claim the Italian Open sent waves across the tennis world and his triumphant victory against Roger Federer (6-3, 6-4) to win the Canadian Open now ranks him among the top players.
The Big Four finally have a serious contender! What’s in store for tennis’ next superstar? Here are some odds.
Alexander Zverev Jr. Odds
Odds to win the US Open: 10/1
After his win against Federer, Zverev has become one of the favorites to win the upcoming US Open (Aug. 28-Sept. 10). With Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic out for the rest of the season and Andy Murray struggling for form, the reduced pool of favorites works in Zverev’s advantage.
Federer and Nadal remain the heavy favorites for the event, but the young German now poses a serious threat.
Odds to win the most singles tournament titles in 2017: 2/1
With five singles tournament titles (and one doubles title), Zverev is currently even with Federer for the most men’s singles titles won in 2017. Breathing down their neck is Nadal, who has won four. But with over two full months left in the season, the race is still wide open.
Federer is the favorite since he’s the favorite for any tournament he enters, but Zverev is casting a wider net. While Federer has only entered ten tournaments this year and Nadal 12, Zverev has competed in 17.
Odds to break the top three in 2017: 1/4
The top two spots are pretty much locked in for Federer and Nadal, but Zverev is on track to finish the year as the third-ranked player in the world. If we only consider the 2017 points race, he’s already sitting in third (4165 points). The only serious threat he faces is Dominic Thiem (3355 points), so it’s quite likely we’ll see the youngster break the top five and climb his way up to third very soon.
Odds to become World No. 1 by 2020: 4/1
The Big Four is bound to be broken sooner or later. Nadal and Federer are nearing retirement, while Murray and Djokovic are struggling to find their once dominant form. It’s only a matter of time until the oligarchs of men’s tennis start to lose their grip on the No. 1 spot.
Zverev is the clearest successor to the throne. But Nadal and Federer still have a few years left in them, and it seems likely Murray and Djokovic will get back to their old selves sometime in the near future.
Odds to win a Grand Slam in 2018: 3/1
Despite his achievements, Zverev has never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. He began the year by equalling his best performance, reaching the third round of the Australian Open. Then, he did one better by reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon.
At the rate he’s improving, it’s not hard to imagine him winning his first Grand Slam. As one of the front-runners for the upcoming US Open, he’s definitely now a clear Grand Slam contender.