Tennis: Zverev repeats in Washington with win over de Minaur

Monday, 2018-08-06 07:39:13
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Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates after match point against Alex de Minaur of Australia in the men’s singles final of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Centre, Washington DC on August 5, 2018. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
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Germany’s Alexander Zverev beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-4 to retain his Citi Open title in Washington on Sunday.

Zverev’s serve played a big role in the victory, his third of the year, as the world number three won all but two of his first-serve points in the final, which lasted 74 minutes.

The German, now with nine career victories, became the tournament’s first repeat champion since Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in 2008-09.

Obviously struggling from fatigue, De Minaur dropped the opening four games of the first set but fought back in second.

De Minaur drew the crowd’s applause when he hit a winner to hold for 3-4, after saving three break points to avoid a double-break deficit.

He saved two match points on his own serve at 3-5 but Zverev clinched the victory when de Minaur hit a backhand into the net in the next game.

Although beaten, de Minaur, once ranked 208 in the world, will soar into the top 50 for the first time when the new rankings are released on Monday, rising 27 spots to number 45.

Zverev will have little time to relax as he plays in next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto where he is the defending champion although he has a bye into the second round.