The German gold medalist in Tokyo beats the Russian in two sets (6-2 6-3) and wins the fifth Masters 1000 in his career, the last dress rehearsal before the US Open
The Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, the last big appointment before the United States Open, ends up in the hands of the German Alexander Zverev who clearly beat the Russian Andrey Rublev in the final 6-2 6-3 in just 58 minutes of play.
Impressive departure of Alexander Zverev who does not miss a beat and flies undisturbed 4-0 ahead. Rublev unlocks himself at the service, places the first aces of the match and keeps the fifth game, but fails to embarrass the German who climbs to 5-1 with a partial of 12 points to zero in the batting games. At 5-2 for Zverev, Rublev wins the first point on the answer thanks to a very lucky ribbon. With the third ace Zverev recovers from 0-15 to 15 all, then second serve at 217 km / h and a double fault by the German who, however, arrives calmly at the set point when Rublev is unable to control the response. Zverev is in a hurry to close, but does not convert the set point by putting a straight out of the service in the corridor. But with the fourth ace the German guarantees the second set point which transforms by closing an easy high straight volley. After 28 minutes Zverev is already 6-2 ahead with a balance of 7 winners and only 2 free mistakes.
The second set also opens with a very attentive Zverev and a Rublev immediately in trouble. The German immediately conquers the break point by responding with a powerful backhand much more powerful and faster than the Russian’s second serve. Zverev is in full control, makes the break, confirms the advantage for the 2-0. Rublev appears tired, helpless and unable to withstand a decidedly irrepressible Zverev. Under 3-1, Rublev still loses the bar and at 4-1 the German still places the ace to climb 5-1. The audience tries to urge the Russian to see the game again, but the chances are reduced to a flicker. With a good turn to serve, very solid and fast, Rublev, thanks to the eleventh ace, reduces the disadvantage to the 2-5. And after just 52 minutes of play Zverev arrives to serve for the match having lost just 4 points at bat in the whole match. The German opens with a winning serve, but then makes a mistake with the backhand (fifth point given to the serve in the match), but remedies with a crossed forehand attack for the 30-15. Inevitable, in crucial moments, the double fault of Zverev, the third of the match for 30 all. With a swing straight, Rublev arrives at the first break point of the match which the Russian transforms thanks to another double fault. But Zverev doesn’t get too distracted. Two mistakes by the Russian send Zverev two points from the match and then a double match point thanks to a good backhand acceleration. After 58 minutes, Rublev’s last backhand ends up on the net and Zverev is among the big favorites for the upcoming United States Open.
For Zverev it is the fourth title of the year after the victories in Acapulco, Madrid and the Tokyo Olympic Games. It is the fifth success in a Masters 1000 after Rome 2017, the Canadian Open 2017, Madrid 2018 and Madrid 2021. Overall it is the 17th career title held in 2016 with the success in St. Petersburg. In the world rankings Zverev earns a place and rises from number 5 to number 4, a few points behind Tsitsipas. Zverev now has 8,240 points and the Greek, world number 3, has 8,350.
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