Brilliant Zverev wins Citi Open for fourth title of year
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[August 07, 2017]
(Reuters) - German Alexander
Zverev used his dominant serve to claim a fourth ATP title of the
year with a commanding 6-4 6-4 win over South African veteran Kevin
Anderson at the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday.
The 20-year-old fifth seed made only seven unforced errors and did
not face a break point on the super-fast outdoor hardcourt at Rock
Creek Park, never giving Anderson a chance to get into the match.
One break in each set was enough for Zverev to enhance his
burgeoning reputation as one of the game’s rising talents.
He closed out the match in just under 70 minutes before accepting
the enthusiastic applause from a near capacity crowd that included
his parents and his dog.
Zverev joined Rafa Nadal as a four-time ATP winner this year. Only
Roger Federer, with five, has captured more titles in 2017.
Zverev won his fifth career title and improved his career record
against Anderson to 3-0.
“It was a great match,” said the German, who started the week ranked
eighth in the world.
“I felt unbelievable starting from the quarter-finals and from then
it got better and better every match I played."
The only time Zverev was pushed all week came in the
second round, when he edged Australian Jordan Thompson in a third
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Alexander Zverev of Germany gestures to his player's box after his
match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa (not pictured) in the
men's singles final of the Citi Open at Fitzgerald Tennis Center.
Zverev won 6-4, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
But he improved as the tournament progressed and a severe case of
jet lag subsided, and did not lose another set in his final four
Zverev said the next goal in his career was to go deeper into the
"I've lost in five sets against Rafa, five sets against (Milos)
Raonic," he said.
"At some stage I want to win those kind of matches and get further
in grand slams.
"The best I've done is fourth round. I know I still have to improve
a lot to be able to go far in the big tournaments."
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken
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