Alexander Sverrev won the ATP Masters in Cincinnati. The way to get there was hard – the German tennis ace was in shock for a moment.
Updated August 23, 7.45am: Alexander Sverrev did it! The German ATP Masters won in Cincinnati.
With his fifth title in the Masters, he is tied with Olympic champion German record holder Boris Becker. The 24-year-old is ninth in the top 10 most successful tennis players under Grand Slams after beating Russia’s Andrzej Rublu in the final.
After the 6: 2, 6: 3 final victory, Sverev, one of the closest options to the US Open, which starts on Sunday, August 30, said, “I don’t want to think too far now.” I won a gold medal and just got a master’s degree. Now I’m looking forward to New York. “Last year, the Hamburg native lost in the final thriller against the Austrian Dominic theme.
Sverev enjoyed a roller coaster of emotions this weekend. In the semi-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas the previous day, he looked like a loser. He had to be treated to continue playing – which was followed by a dramatic victory in the semifinals, which he eventually won gold in the final.
Alexander Sverrev: A moment of shock with our Olympic hero
Cincinnati – Bravo, Sasha! Alexander Sverrev * faces the next title as soon as he wins the Olympics. The German tennis ace won against the Greek Stephanos Tsitsipas in a dramatic semi-final at the ATP Masters in Cincinnati. A strong comeback made 6: 4, 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 4) possible, and Sverev already looked like a loser in the third set. After a period of weakness he called a doctor.
What happened? With Sverev already trailing 1: 4 in the decisive set, the game seemed to be lost. Then he decided on a long rally for himself, taking a break – and then immediately all his strength seemed to be lost. Leaning on his bat, he sat up and asked a doctor.
“I’m not feeling well,” he later said: “The energy is gone, my stomach is not well. But after the doctor gave me something he calmed down.” After treatment, the hamburger was successful and things were able to turn around.
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Russia’s Andrzej Rublu (number four) is waiting for third-placed Germany in the final. Sverev already has a chance to win his second Masters in Germany on Sunday evening this year; The 24-year-old had already won in Madrid in May. So far, Sverev has won four consecutive Grand Slams.
“It’s a great match with a lot of fire and a lot of emotions,” Sverev said after the fight with Sisyphus. “We did not want to buy anything before the US Open.
ATP Masters in Cincinnati: Alexander Sverrev is in the final
In March, Sverev had already beaten the Greeks in Agabulko’s final, and on Saturday he dropped an excellent first set, dominating the match with strong punches from the ground up. However, in the second round, the German failed to serve, and Sitsibas equalized and carried this pace with him into the decisive set. Sverev seems to have delivered it after his treatment break before he started attacking again.
Through his performance, he strengthened his position as one of the favorites at the US Open * (August 30 to September 12). After winning the Olympics a few weeks ago and the ATP season finals in 2018, his main goal is to win the Grand Slam.
With the exception of defending champion Dominic Theme (Austria), injured Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Grand Slam record holder Rafael Nadal (Spain) are not in New York. Thus, Sverev has a good chance for the next title. (akl / sid) * tz.de is a privilege IPPEN.MEDIA
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