FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Males’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany in motion. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File photograph
August 23, 2021
(Reuters) – Alexander Zverev will take an 11-match successful streak into the U.S. Open after including the Western & Southern Open title to his Olympic gold medal on Sunday however nonetheless charges Novak Djokovic as favorite to take the title at Flushing Meadow.
The German world quantity 4 defeated Russian Andrey Rublev 6-2 6-3 in lower than an hour in Cincinnati to win his second Masters 1000 match of the season and fourth title in all.
Zverev got here up simply in need of touchdown his first Grand Slam title in New York when he misplaced the ultimate to Dominic Thiem final yr however stated his preparations this season had been very totally different.
“I used to be nonetheless discovering my sport through the U.S. Open final yr, but it surely labored properly for me,” the 24-year-old advised reporters after the ultimate.
“I used to be fairly near successful it. However I’m trying ahead to what’s in it for me this yr, and we’ll see how it’s as soon as I arrive there.
“I’m trying ahead to it as a result of I do know the place I stand, I understand how I’m taking part in, and I hope I can proceed the work and hopefully play even higher in New York.”
The absence of Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal from the U.S. Open presents a very good probability for one of many younger weapons in males’s tennis to snare a Grand Slam title.
World primary Novak Djokovic, who will likely be chasing a calendar Grand Slam when the season’s final main will get underway on Aug. 30, is a substantial roadblock to these ambitions, based on Zverev.
“I do suppose that he’s nonetheless the favorite,” the Olympic champion added.
“I do suppose he’s going to be taking part in unbelievable tennis there. He’s going to be recent, and I feel there may be additionally different guys which are in superb type.
“Let’s see the way it goes … I nonetheless have a number of work forward of me. I’ve to search out my rhythm in New York as properly.”
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Shri Navaratnam)