World No.5 Alexander Zverev claimed his fifth ATP Masters 1000 title following a straight-set(6-2, 6-3) win over Andrey Rublev at the Western and Southern Open 2021. Consequently, 24-year-old became the first German to win the title in Cincinnati since Boris Becker in 1985.
After a 59-minute rallied against the Russian, Zverev moved to the ninth position in the ATP Masters 1000 winners table. Moreover, he had never won a match in his previous six appearances in Cincinnati Masters, but he exhibited an extraordinary performance to take the Crown home this time.
“The first win I ever had on these courts was on Wednesday, four days ago, and now I have my first title here. It has been an incredible week, with a lot of great matches. It is an incredible feeling going into the US Open,” Alexander Zverev said in his on-court interview.
“I Did Not Do a Big Celebration Because I Know How Andrey Feels”: Zverev
Sascha also highlighted that he avoided a grand celebration after claiming his fifth Masters title because of his opponent Andrey Rublev, seeking his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title.
Zverev continued, “I was playing pretty good tennis. I did not do a big celebration because I know how Andrey feels as well. After all, we have been best friends since we were 11 years old, and I know he is seeking his first Masters 1000 win, but it will come very soon. I think.”
At the Tokyo Olympic Games, Alexander Zverev won the singles Gold medal after dismissing World No.1 Novak Djokovic and Russian Karan Khachanov.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself yet. I won the gold medal and just won a Masters, which I am very happy about and am looking forward to New York,” German added.
The US Open 2021 runs from 30th August to 12th September in Flushing Meadows, New York. Notably, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending champion Dominic Thiem will not compete this year due to fitness issues.