TEENAGER Alexander Zverev beat two-time defending champion Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to win the Open Sud de France on Sunday and clinch his second career title.
The 19-year-old German’s other title came in September when he beat three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka to win the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. This time, he denied Gasquet a 15th career title.
Zverev broke the Frenchman’s serve once in each set with the decisive break in the eighth game of the second set, before serving out the match. “It was a very tough tournament, only one straight-sets match in the whole tournament and it was not an easy one,” Zverev said.
He deserves his victory.” Zverev, the younger brother of tennis player Mischa Zverev, is considered one of the rising stars of the game and recently took 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal to five sets in the third round of the Australian Open.
Alexander Zverev (left) and brother Mischa after they won the doubles title at the Open Sud de France.Source:AFP
He still had enough energy left to join his brother for the doubles final, beating Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 10-7. “It was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs,” Alexander Zverev said. “We only dropped one set.”