German Alexander Zverev won his first title on home turf Sunday, beating Argentine qualifier Guido Pella 6-4, 6-3 for the BMW Open championship in Munich.
“I lost the final in Halle last year, which was very painful,” said Zverev, who went down a break early in the first but rolled on to win 10 of the last 13 games. “I really wanted to win a tournament in Germany, which I’ve done now and I’m very happy about it. Obviously my first title on clay as well. It’s a great feeling right now.”
He improved to 3-2 in career finals, winning his second title of 2017 after the the Open Sud de France championship in February.
Only Roger Federer (3) has more titles this year as Zverev is now tied at two with Grigor Dimitrov, Rafael Nadal, Jack Sock, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
After a rain delay of more than two hours Pella jumped out to the early break in the first, but the German became more overpowering as the match advanced. He is projected to climb to a carer-high of No. 17 on the ATP rankings.
Pella faced one seed en route to the final, upending No. 4 Fabio Fognini. The 26-year-old is now 0-2 in career finals after losing in the Rio de Janeiro last year.
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