Sunday 22nd August 2021
No opponent, no adversity
Nothing can stop Zverev’s run
Alexander Zverev celebrates the next big success after the Olympic victory: At the Masters tournament in Cincinnati, Germany’s best tennis player triumphs not only over the opponents but also over all adversities. That gives self-confidence for the longing coup.
Olympic champion Alexander Zverev won the Masters tournament in Cincinnati and is one of the favorites in the upcoming US Open. The native of Hamburg clearly won the final 6: 2, 6: 3 against Andrei Rublev from Russia. In 1985, Boris Becker was responsible for the only German men’s success in Cincinnati. It is the 17th tournament victory for Zverev and the fifth title at one of the Masters events.
Against his long-time friend Rublev, the 24-year-old also decided the fifth settlement in his favor and remained against him without losing a set. The 23-year-old seventh in the world rankings from Moscow missed his first triumph in a tournament in the second most important category. Zverev had everything under control against the Olympic mixed medalist from the start. After a quick 4-0 lead, the first set was over after just 28 minutes. Zverev also opened the second round with a break because the fifth in the world rankings successfully attacked his opponent’s second serve. Overall, Zverev also seemed fitter after the exhausting semi-finals of the two.
Although he gave up his service for the first time at 5-2, Zverev won safely after just under an hour of play. The men’s event was endowed with more than $ 4.8 million and served as the last major test before the US Open. The final Grand Slam tournament of the season begins in New York in a week. Zverev had reached the final there last year and barely missed his first Grand Slam title.