The head of German men’s tennis Boris Becker feels Alexander Zverev will have to deal with a lot of great players in 2018, and retaining his place in the ATP rankings won’t be easy for him. In a conference call in Hamburg, the seven-time Grand Slam champion said about Zverev: ‘For him this year was a turning point.

The second year is the one to consolidate. It becomes even tougher. The locker room doesn’t sleep. Other players now know what strategy they need to adapt against him in order to be successful. His ranking is notable considering his Grand Slam results.

They can be improved. Time is on Zverev’s side. But you should not expect that he would go from no. 4 to no. 1 within six months. It would be unrealistic,’ admitted Becker, as quoted by Tennis Magazin.

Meanwhile, Barbara Rittner, captain of the German Fed Cup team, commented on Angelique Kerber’s decision to be coached by Wim Fissette. ‘I think it’s the right way to start something again.

Torben Beltz did an excellent work. But everything has its time. Some time you need something new. Angie cares about feeling well. Julia Goerges? She is fitter than ever. Everything is right with her. If she keeps playing, her cracking top ten is just a matter of time.

That’s where she belongs.’ ALSO READ: Boris Becker files lawsuit against former agent! .