Teen Alexander Zverev made the St. Petersburg Open his coming-out party on Sunday, beating US Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to win his first title of the year.
He improved to 1-2 in finals this year and for his career.
“I played all the finals well,” the German said. “I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass…Now I’m very happy with the win, especially over such a great player like Stan.”
It was the first time in 12 finals that Wawrinka lost a championship match, and ended a 10-match win streak.
“We showed high-quality tennis,” Wawrinka said. “I was struggling in the third set. I had chances but I didn’t manage to convert them. He deserved the win.
“He is a good player right now. He scored a couple of big wins over top players. It means he is really strong.”
After Wawrinka led 3-0 in the decider, Zverev broke at 5-5 in the third before serving it out.
“I tried to neutralize his massive backhand,” Zverev said.
Wawrinka fell to 15-10 in career finals suffering his first defeating in a title match since 2013 Den Bosch.
The 19-year-old Zverev became the first teenage winner on the ATP since 19-year-old Marin Cilic won New Haven in 2008. The German joins other teens to have won titles in recent years including Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic.
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