German Alexander Zverev beat Aussie teen Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 to successfully defend his title on Sunday at the Citi Open in Washington for his third title of the season.
“It’s quite funny, because this final could be the final of the next 15 years, so I hope you guys all enjoyed it,” Zverev told the crowd afterwards.
“It feels great. It shows mental strength as well, and shows a little bit of maturity. I had a great tournament. I played a lot of great players. Losing only one set, it was a fantastic week for me.”
De Minaur is now 0-2 in career finals after losing in the Sydney final in January.
Zverev’s serve proved the difference-maker in the match, with the 21 year old winning every first serve point he landed in the match save two.
The German had won the pair’s only previous meeting in five sets in Davis Cup play.
De Minaur will now crack the Top 50 for the first time on Monday.
Zverev improved to 9-5 in tour finals.
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