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Alexander Zverev US Open 2020

Alexander Zverev cruises past Andrey Rublev to lift fifth Masters 1000 title

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German star Alexander Zverev raced past Andrey Rublev in convincing fashion to win the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The world number four completed a dominant week with a commanding 6-2 6-3 victory against the Russian, becoming the first German to win the event since Boris Becker 36 years ago.

Bizarrely, the 24-year-old had failed to win a single contest in six previous appearances at the tournament, though finally produced in Cincinnati to lift his fourth tour-level title of the calendar year.

“The first win I ever had on these courts was on Wednesday, four days ago, and now I have my first title here,” Zverev said in his on-court interview.

“It has been an incredible week, a lot of great matches. It is an incredible feeling going into the US Open.”

Zverev, who rallied from a double break down in the decider against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals, extended his winning streak to 11 matches after capturing Olympic gold in Tokyo earlier this month.

“I was playing pretty good tennis,” Zverev added. “I did not do a big celebration because I know how Andrey feels because we have been best friends since we were 11 years old and I know he is seeking his first Masters 1000 win, but it is going to come very soon.

“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.”


Alexander Zverev US Open 2020
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