Zverev talks up Masters events
Alexander Zverev says the Masters 1000 tournaments deserve more recognition due to the quality of the competition.
World number three Zverev is yet to make a real impact in the Grand Slams, with his best result so far a quarter-final appearance at last year's French Open, but he has three Masters 1000 titles to his name - the Italian Open and Canadian Open in 2017 and the Madrid Open last year.
Zverev, who won the ATP Tour Finals at the end of last season, believes the nine Masters 1000 events are just as competitive as the Grand Slams.
"Every time we win a tournament, there is a "story", a remarkable story to remember," he said, as reported by Tennis World USA.
"The Masters is not fully appreciated. It's really hard to win it. Only the best players play it. Even in the Grand Slams, you don't have to win against five as good players to lift the trophy. I have the feeling to have already done much to have an impact on the history of our sport."
Zverev is set to compete in the Miami Open this week and will be aiming to land his fourth Masters 1000 crown in Florida, having lost out to John Isner in the final last year.
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