Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Zverev repeats in Washington with win over de Minaur

Zverev repeats in Washington with win over de Minaur

Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates after match point against Alex de Minaur of Australia (not pictured) in the men's singles final of the final in the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

"I'm incredibly proud of myself". De Minaur, meanwhile, has announced himself to the Tour and promises much.

"I just couldn't see myself going any further". After a 125 miles per hour ace flew past, de Minaur nodded.

The final appearance continues a dramatic rise for de Minaur in 2018.

Alex de Minaur has boosted his reputation as one of the brightest young talents in tennis by reaching his first ATP Tour 500 final in Washington DC. Rublev, ranked 46th, only returned in July from a three-month layoff due to a lower back stress fracture.

Zverev has had another impressive, if slightly inconsistent season, crowned by the Madrid title and a run to the French Open quarterfinals.

De Minaur, who occupies the 72nd place in the ATP ranking, will be measured in the final on Sunday by German Alexander Zverev, first seeded, who won in the first semi-final against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (10) 6-2 and 6-4 on Saturday, reports Efe.

The top-seeded German is looking to become the first back-to-back victor of the hard-court US Open tune-up since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008 and 2009.

"You know you have a title to defend, and you still come out here to win", Zverev said.

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"It has been a really special week for me", De Minaur said. "That worked out well in most of the rallies for me".

After all kind of troubles with rain and scheduling, four players who reached the semi-final were Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Alex de Minaur, a true testimony of wonderful new generations we are having in the last couple of years and their skills and talent.

The Australian stayed with Zverev for longer in the second set, and stuck with the attacking game-plan that suits his flat-hitting game of angle and early striking so well.

Kuznetsova is a two-time Grand Slam champion, but she is now ranked only 128th, the lowest spot for a women's champion at the hard-court tournament.

Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second title at the Citi Open, and first at any WTA tournament in two years, by erasing four match points to beat Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

World number 128 Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open champion, will play for the title Sunday against the later victor between 44th-ranked Croatian Donna Vekic and China's 85th-ranked Zheng Saisai.

The 16th seeded Rublev started his day by defeating American Denis Kudla 6-1 6-4 in a delayed quarter-final match.

Rain throughout the week pushed action back and led to Murray exiting the tournament. Another big shock was the withdrawal of three-time major champion Andy Murray.

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