Paris - German Alexander Zverev says he cannot rest on his
laurels after beating Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open on Sunday and has
set his sights on bigger titles in order to retain his place in the world's top
The 20-year-old stunned world No 2 Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to
become the youngest winner of a Masters 1000 tournament since the Serb himself
in Miami in 2007.
The win also helped Zverev surge up tonumber 10 in the
world rankings for the first time in his career.
"I could not imagine top 10 by the age of 20,"
Zverev told reporters. "It's something truly amazing. Getting there is one
thing, but staying there is going to be very, very difficult.
"Even though I won this title, I will be back on the
practice courts very soon trying to improve my game."
Despite an impressive clay-court season, Zverev downplayed
his chances of winning the French Open, which starts on Sunday, saying
nine-time winner Rafael Nadal would start as the man to beat.
Nadal had won all 17 matches on clay this year before losing
to Austria's Dominic Thiem in the Rome quarter-finals.
"The strong favourite is still definitely Nadal. Novak
is playing great again. Thiem has been showing he's been playing very
well," he added.
"I just won here, so I've got to put myself on that
list, even though I don't want to say that I'm the favourite myself. But the
guys who have been playing the best over the past few weeks are definitely the