Young German tennis star Alexander Zverev says that despite winning the Italian Open over the past weekend he still thinks the man to beat at Roland Garros in Paris, starting on Sunday, is Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal.
The 20-year-old Zverev won the Italian Open in Rome on Sunday when he beat four-time winner and World number two Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3.
The victory means that Zverev will be targeting some of the bigger titles like the upcoming French Open to maintain his current position inside the top ten.
In an interview with reporters, the German youngster said he was stunned to be ranked at number 10 so early in his tennis career.
"I could not imagine top 10 by the age of 20," Zverev said. "It's something truly amazing. Getting there is one thing, but staying there is going to be very, very difficult.
Zverev added that while he was suddenly being trumped up as a possible Roland Garros favourite after his Rome success he felt that nine-time Roland Garros winner Nadal was the man to beat.
"The strong favourite is still definitely Nadal. Novak is playing great again. Dominic Thiem has been showing he's been playing very well," he continued.
"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 favourites."