Fresh from his own Laver Cup duties, Zverev the younger heads up the field in Shenzhen. His stint in the exhibition event was his first tennis since the US Open, as he makes his debut in Shenzhen. While he tops the tables for the ATP #NextGen Season ending finals, Zverev sits in third place for the World Tour Finals and a solid run in Asia should help book is spot in London.
He is on course to meet his older brother Mischa Zverev in the semi-finals.
The Belgian is targeting more Davis Cup glory having helped get his side to a second final and in truth after that awful injury at Roland Garros, for him to have come back as strongly as he has is remarkable. At any rate, he will want to improve on his debut last year, where he was bounced out in his opening round.
Zverev the elder is enjoying a peak year, which started with him dumping Andy Murray out of the Australian Open at the start of the year and could see him go head to head against his little brother for the first time since 2014. He beat him in the first round of Houston qualies, when Zverev minor was still no doubt very wet behind the ears. You imagine if this semi-final comes around, little brother would have the edge.
The Italian journeyman has enjoyed his best season on the ATP tour, reaching a career high lurking just outside the World Top 30, with steady performances through the year. He will be making his debut in Shenzhen.
The Shenzhen Open takes place between 25 September – 1 October
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