Alexander Zebrav continued his dominant week in Cincinnati tonight (Sunday), defeating Andrei Rublev 2: 6, 3: 6 in the final of the Masters 1000 tournament to win the fifth Masters title of his career and become the first German to win Cincinnati since Boris Becker in 1985.
The German, ranked 5th in the world, has never won a game in his previous five appearances in the tournament, but after winning a gold medal in Tokyo, he continued in his excellent form and won the fourth title of the season. “My first win on the pitches here was on Wednesday, and four days later I have my first title here,” Zebrav said with satisfaction, “it was an amazing week.”
Zebrav, who only yesterday came back from a break in the third set before defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals, extended his winning streak to 11 and went up to a 0: 5 balance against Rublev, surpassing him in 59 minutes. “I played pretty good tennis,” admitted the winner, who is already fantasizing about a first Grand Slam, “I don’t want to get carried away, but I won the Masters here, I took gold in Tokyo, and I look forward to New York.” Against the background of the retirement of Federer Vandal and the injured team, he seems to be the only one capable of threatening Djokovic at the US Championships, which will open on August 30.