The German, the gold medalist in Tokyo, beat the Russian in two sets (6-2, 6-3) and won his fifth Masters 1000 of his career, his last dress rehearsal before the US Open.
The Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, the last big date before the US Open, ended up in the hands of German Alexander Zverev who clearly beat Russian Andrey Rublev in the final 6-2 6-3 in just 58 minutes of play.
An impressive departure for Alexander Zverev who does not miss a moment and calmly flies 4-0 forward. Rublev opens himself up in the serve, sets up his first aces in the match and maintains match five, but fails to embarrass the German who went up to 5-1 with a 12-point portion to zero in batting matches. At 5-2 for Zverev, Rublev won the first point in the answer thanks to a very lucky bar. With the third ace Zverev recovers 0-15 15 times, then the second serve at 217 km/h and a double fault by the German who, however, quietly reaches the point when Rublev is unable to control the response. Zverev is in a hurry to close, but does not turn the set point by placing a straight line out of service in the lane. But with the fourth ace, the German ensures a second setpoint that turns off by closing off an easy high direct shot. After 28 minutes, Zverev is already 6-2 ahead with 7 winners and only 2 free errors.
The second group also begins with Zverev very attentive and Rublev immediately in trouble. The German immediately conquers the breaking point by responding with a powerful backhand much stronger and faster than the Russian’s second serve. Zverev is in complete control, takes the first half, and confirms a 2-0 lead. Rublev appears tired, helpless, and unable to stand the irrepressible Zverev. Under 3-1 Rublev is still losing the bar and at 4-1 the German is still putting the ace on the 5-1 climb. The audience is trying to get the Russians to watch the match again, but chances are dwindling to a flash. With a good serving turn, very powerful and fast, Rublev, thanks to the eleventh ace, reduces the defect to 2-5. And after just 52 minutes of play, Zverev arrived to serve the match after losing only 4 points at the bat in the entire match. The German starts with a winning serve, but then misses a backhand (the fifth serve point is awarded in the match), but deals with a cross forehand at 30-15. In crucial moments, Zverev’s double fault, the third in the match for 30 players, is inevitable. With a straight swing, Rublev reaches his first breaking point in the game which the Russian turns thanks to another double-fault. But Zverev is not too distracted. Two errors from the Russian send Zverev two match points and then a double match point thanks to a good backhand acceleration. After 58 minutes, Rublev’s last backhand finishes at the net and Zverev was among the favorites for the upcoming US Open.
Zverev is this year’s fourth title after victories in Acapulco, Madrid and the Tokyo Olympics. This is the fifth success in the Masters 1000 after Roma 2017, Canadian Open 2017, Madrid 2018 and Madrid 2021. Overall, it is the 17th professional title held in 2016 with success in Saint Petersburg. In the world rankings, Zverev earns a place and rises from No. 5 to No. 4, a few points ahead of Tsitsipas. Zverev now has 8,240 points and the world number 3 Greek has 8,350 points.
Aug 22, 2021 (change on Aug 22, 2021 | 23:57)
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