Alexander Zverev couldn’t ask for a better lead-up to the US Open. The 24-year-old won the gold earlier this month in Tokyo and Sunday won his fifth Masters title in dominating fashion ripping Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3 in under an hour.
“I felt well from the beginning. I broke him the first game and I think then the match went my way. Obviously, I’m very happy with that, because Andrey, once he gets the rhythm, once he gets going in a match and he’s a very dangerous player and can beat anybody. He showed that yesterday. Obviously very happy with how things went.”
Zverev was untroubled by the big forehand of Rublev. The Russian misfired and managed to win just two of 16 points on his second serve.
Meanwhile, Zverev lost just two points in his first serve and finished with 16 winners and only two unforced errors in one of his most lopsided title matches of his 17 career crowns.
“In the end that was the key to the beginning that I couldn’t save my serve. I said then you feel a bit more down that he’s serving so good, and it’s going to be super tough to break him,” Rublev said. “Even if he some mistakes, he still has advantage. Plus he’s now on super confidence after the Olympic Games, winning some great matches here.
“When you start a break down, even I know by myself when I break someone in the first game, it’s double easier to play after. So that was, in the end, the key.”
Zverev has now won his last 11 matches and heads to the US Open, where he’s defending final points, brimming with confidence.
Rublev, who finally got over on Daniil Medvedev yesterday, falls to 0-5 against the German and 0-2 in Masters finals.
“I can only be grateful for the week that I had. One more final, my second in my career. I can only be grateful, especially here in a special place for me with great memories,” Rublev said.
“Of course the final didn’t go my way, but this is the sport. There is only one winner,” he added. “[Zverev] was playing unbelievable today.”
Zverev will likely be the third favorite behind Novak Djokovic and 2019 finalist Daniil Medvedev.
Zverev came into Cincinnati having lost all six matches prior at the event. And yesterday, Tsitsipas had a point to go up 5-1 in the third set of their semifinal. Quite a turnaround.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself yet. I won the gold medal and just won a Masters, which I am very happy about and am looking forward to New York.”
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