Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
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Zverev retains title in Washington

Zverev retains title in Washington

Australian 19-year-old Alex De Minaur saved four match points Saturday and advanced to Sunday's ATP Washington Open final, where he will face third-ranked defending champion Alexander Zverev.

Zverev, of course, has been notching up youthful achievements since he too was a teenager. "I haven't won a grand slam title". Tsitsipas's mother was a top 1980s Soviet Union player. It was impressive, as was his aggressive and confident comeback against a blistering Kei Nishikori in the quarters.

Zverev seeks his ninth career ATP title and third of the year after Munich and Madrid.

The German had won the pair's only previous meeting in five sets in Davis Cup play.

De Minaur double-faulted before his backhand attempt hit the net en route to Zverev's set one win, 6-2, which featured a late burst by de Minaur before Zverev controlled proceedings.

The only non-seed to make it through to the semis in Washington, he had put out three seeds, including his show-stopper against Rublev on Saturday night.

"It's quite amusing, because this final could be the final of the next 15 years, so I hope you guys all enjoyed it", Zverev told the crowd afterwards. But now, it seems that de Minaur will be given a walkover into the semifinals.

"Happy with how I played today and happy how the whole tournament went from start to finish, from the first match to the last point I felt in control", Zverev told Tennis Channel. Add in his growing fitness and improved movement, and he was hard to out-pace and pass.

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 fantastic new generations we are having in the last couple of years and their skills and talent.

The German dropped only one point on his first serve and took advantage of the 10th seeded Greek's poor serving in the first set. At under 6ft tall, though, his serving can not claim many easy points, and Zverev was more than happy to step in and make first-strike winners off anything falling short or high. He would serve out his second match point at 15 to secure a final berth.

Aussie teen Alex De Minaur outlasted 20-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 to advance to the ATP Washington Open final.

While 20-year-old Rublev fell just short of reaching his first final at 500 level, he was competing in just his third tournament since a three-month hiatus due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

Meanwhile, Fabio Fognini beat world number four Juan Martin del Potro 6-4 6-2 to win the Los Cabos Open. The tournament in Washington serves as a warm-up for the U.S. Open.

Zverev, the top seed, received a first round bye and thus began his campaign against Malek Jaziri who he hammered 6-2 6-1.

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