Interview and Photos By Mike McIntyre
No. 2 seed and defending champion at the Rogers Cup Sascha Zverev took some time to speak with me following his 6-4, 6-4 second round win in Toronto on Wednesday. We spoke about the changes in conditions From DC, the oddity of defending a title in a different city and of course his rapport with Yorkshire journalist Jonathan Pinfield.
Q: Happy with how your first match here in Toronto played out today?
A: I mean obviously it’s a big change from playing in Washington when it was much hotter there and more humid. The ball on the courts is different and the courts here are way faster so I had to make some adjustments but I’m happy to get the straight sets win against someone who’s been playing well here.
Q: Is it somewhat strange to be the defending champion in a different city than where you won this event last summer?
A: I’ve never won a match in Toronto and here I am the defending champion. It’s strange but it’s still nice because it means that you won a Masters and I’ll do everything I can to defend my title.
Q: How do you pace yourself through this stretch of hard court events in DC, Toronto, and Cincy in preparation for the US Open?
A: I don’t pace myself! I want to win every match I play and that’s never going to change.
Q: Earlier this year you had a nice exchange with a certain reporter from Yorkshire. How did that rapport help you at all in between your matches and what did it mean to you?
A: There’s other things that helped me but it was great having some fun. In England I think the Queen of England heard it and a lot of other people, so it was great for the reporter actually. I was happy to have that. I was happy to have this kind of small talk with him after every match, so it was great fun.