Zverev Saves MPs, Rallies Germany Past Hurkacz, Swiatek And Poland For United Cup Title

by Staff | January 7th, 2024, 3:55 pm
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Alexander Zverev saved the day for Germany in the United Cup final, leading his country back from the brink to beat Poland 2-1 in a thrilling finish.

After Iga Swiatek rolled to her 16th straight match win to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-0, Zverev took over.

Hurbert Hurkacz was poised to be the hero holding two championship points up a set and 6-4 in the second set breaker against Zverev. Zverev, though, would get off the mat and take the set and eventually the match 6-7(3), 7-6(6), 6-4.

It would come to the mixed and Zverev along with Laura Siegemund proved too tough for Hukackz and Swiatek for 6-4, 5-7 [10-4] victory to take the comeback title.

“It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s been a pleasure and it’s been absolutely so much fun for everybody to be part of this team, especially for me,” Zverev said on court. “I really thank you guys for being part of this. I really couldn’t be happier be sharing this trophy with anybody than you guys.”

He also talked about saving the match points.

“I have absolutely no idea. Also I saved a match point hitting a passing shot this much on the line, so this is how tennis goes sometimes,” Zverev said. “You win and lose by millimeters and today I was lucky enough in a way. But obviously it’s not over yet. We still have mixed doubles to play and we’ll see how that goes.”

Zverev had quite the week, and quite the long week.

“I was exhausted. In the middle of the second set I was already exhausted and in the third set I was hanging on a lot of the time and somehow got the break,” Zverev told the ATP website. “Obviously mentally and physically, extremely difficult because playing three days in a row singles and mixed is tough. I’m happy that we’re in this position now. We have one more match to play to decide it all.”

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