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Their collaboration was short-lived. Barely eight months after the start of their adventure, Juan Carlos Ferrero was fired by Alexander Zverev at the end of the 2018 Australian Open. The German would talk a little later about an argument that went wrong and the disrespectful attitude of the former world number 1 towards the members of [his] team . Two years later, Ferrero opened the memory box for the 3iGuales podcast. The portrait of the world N°7 by his former coach is rather unflattering.
"He had a lot of ups and downs in his matches and I think that's why he couldn't win a grand slam yet," said Ferrero. This inconsistency led him to play five-setters. [...] In training, he spent, for example, three hours on the court, but he did not do quality training more than an hour and a half. There were protests, stops, anger and distractions. At the time, we came into conflict because of his lack of punctuality and his lack of respect for the members of the team, even if his father helped me a lot. "
Beyond the example Zverev, the Spaniard (40 years old) criticized the players of the young generation. "Earning a lot of money when you are young can make you dizzy," he said of the players expected to take over. At this time, the player's environment and its role are key factors. "They have too many distractions off the court. I watch them having fun on Instagram and not thinking about tennis like we did back then. "
According to him, this is why the young guns are hitting a brick wall when it comes to the Big 3. “To defeat Federer, Nadal or Djokovic, Zverev and the others must improve outside the court: from dietetics to physical preparation. "