Volleyball player best known as a member of the Italian national team and VC Dynamo Moscow in Russian Volleyball Super League. He won his first Olympic medal in 2012, taking home bronze.
He was born in Spoleto, Italy and made his debut with RPA-LuigiBacchi.it Perugia in 2004.
In 2013, he won the FIVB World League award for Best Outside Spiker and the CEV European Championship for Best Server.
His father is former Olympic volleyball player Vyacheslav Zaytsev. He married Ashling Sirocchi in May 2013. They have children named Alexander and Sienna.
He and American Taylor Sander have both won the FIVB World League award for Best Outside Spiker.