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Alexander Zverev, in a bright yellow Olympic jersey, sat behind his last glass, a “vase of flowers” decorated with green sprigs and tennis balls, refusing to be tempted. “I know where I am. I know how to play,” said the 24-year-old from Hamburg after his victory in Cincinnati, who catapulted himself to one of the closest candidates to the US Open: “And I hope I can continue to work like this and play better in New York” .
Zverev was exploding with self-confidence, shortly before, at the end of an “incredible week”, his golden victory in Tokyo followed by the next big exclamation point with his victory in the Masters Tournament. But the German number one did not allow himself to be out of a real challenge in the direction of reigning rounds Novak Djokovic. He said, “I don’t want to think too much now. I won the gold and now I just finished my masters. Now I’m just looking forward to New York.”
The Olympic champion had already shown his muscles enough in the very convincing final win 6:2, 6:3 against Russian Andrei Rublio in just 59 minutes. Zverev’s maturation process on and off the center court, his nearly victory last year at Flushing Meadows, and most of all, the way he has succeeded in recent weeks makes him a serious contender for Djokovic, who has won all three major slams of the year and is also the title favorite in The US Open is next Monday.
Zverev equals Becker
“Novak will come back fresh and, of course, the favourite,” said Zverev, who beat the world number one Serbian in Tokyo. “I’m looking forward to the US Open, but I still have a lot of work to do next week and I have to find my rhythm in New York,” confirmed Zverev, who got another boost from the Olympics. .
Triumph relieved him of the burden of finally delivering important precious metals. Now in Cincinnati, he has climbed to fourth in the world rankings Rafael Nadal, and with his fifth Masters title, tied with German record holder Boris Becker. He wasn’t more confident before the trip to New York.
Cincinnati, where he triumphed as the second German after Becker in 1985, has so far been a complicated place for Zverev. In the tournament held in Ohio, he had always failed to meet his opening opponent in his previous six starts. “I won my first match here on Wednesday and now I’m holding my first title,” he said.
The first title in Grand Slam also seems tangible for Zverev in this way.
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