It’s official: Alexander “Sascha” Zverev is a force to be reckoned with. The 19-year-old beat US Open champion Stan Wawrinka to take his first ATP title in St Petersburg, Russia. Could there have been a more perfect location for the victory?
Although he is Hamburg born, and resides in Monaco, Zverev is the son of former Russian Davis Cup player Alexander Zverev Senior. Zverev said, “I’m full of emotions. I just couldn’t have chosen a better place to win my maiden title.”
Zverev broke the Swiss top seed’s serve twice for a one-set lead on Sunday in the St Petersburg ATP final on the hardcourt of Sibur Arena. In the second set, world number three Stan Wawrinka broke Zverev’s serve twice to arrive at one-set all. In the deciding set, Wawrinka broke early but Zverev broke back twice to close out his win (in two hours, 23 minutes), to claim his debut ATP title 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.