New York: At a towering 1.98m (6ft 6in), Alexander Zverev is closer to tennis’s glass ceiling than most.
Now the beanpole German, the 20-year-old trailblazer of tennis’s widely-touted ‘NextGen’, will attempt to smash through it at the US Open.
The signs, however, are not encouraging.
From Wimbledon in 2003, an incredible 52 of 57 Slams have been claimed by just five men — Roger Federer (19), Rafael Nadal (15), Novak Djokovic (12) and Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka with three apiece.
Only Andy Roddick, Gaston Gaudio, Marat Safin, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic have broken the spell.
At a career-high of six, Zverev heads for the US Open having defeated Federer for the Montreal Masters title before a first-up letdown against Frances Tiafoe in Cincinnati.
He’s getting used to such highs and immediate lows.
His impressive win over Djokovic in May’s Rome Masters final had him installed as a dark horse for the French…