Alexander Zverev sets record straight on relationship with Stefanos Tsitsipas after feud

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Alexander Zverev has spoken out on his current relationship with ATP Tour rival Stefanos Tsitsipas. The pair have found themselves in a feud in the past but recently joined forces to win the Laver Cup for Team Europe.

Zverev appeared to snub the Greek when he named the best hard court players in the world.

Tsitsipas currently makes up the world’s top three alongside Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, with Zverev just behind at world No 4.

The German, playing in Vienna this week, put himself above Tsitsipas in a hard court ranking.

Speaking after his victory over Filip Krajinovic, the 24-year-old said: “If I have to make a ranking based on hard courts. I would say Djokovic, Medvedev and me.”

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Tsitsipas’ biggest success this year has come on the clay courts.

The 23-year-old won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo and followed it up by reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at Roland Garros a few weeks later.

While he has also won big titles on hard courts, including the 2018 ATP Finals, Zverev has been the stronger of the two on the surface.

The German made his first Major final at last year’s US Open, and has two hard court Masters 1000 titles to his name, coming as the runner-up at three more of the big events on the surface.

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He also has an ATP Finals crown to his name from 2017, and this year became the Olympic gold medallist, beating world No 1 Novak Djokovic en route, on the hard courts in Tokyo.

After claiming he would be above Tsitsipas in the rankings if they were dependant on hard courts alone, Zverev then set the record straight on the current relationship between the two.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking out Tsitsipas of it,” he added.

“Please don’t start this thing of me against Stefanos, I’m in very good relationship with Stef right now and I have nothing against him.”

Zverev and Tsitsipas have previously had a frosty relationship, dating back to 2018 when the recent Olympic champion snubbed the Green after losing to him at the Toronto Masters.

“Today was an absolutely pathetic match, I don’t even think he played well,” the world No 4 said at the time, after losing 3-6 7-6 6-4, igniting a feud between the two.

Zverev also accused the 23-year-old of cheating in a match earlier this year, after Tsitsipas left the court with his bag for a bathroom break.

The German said his opponent was cheating and receiving coaching by text, as Tsitsipas’ dad, also his coach, was seen using his phone during the bathroom break.

Tsitsipas later denied these claims and, when Zverev continued to speak out on his lengthy off-court breaks, branded his rival’s comments the “most ridiculous” thing he heard.

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