Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

Zverev broke in the third and fifth games of the opening set, which he took in 34 minutes with his third of five aces, then broke Tsitsipas again on his fourth chance during an epic 15-minute ninth game of the second set.

Without Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, all of whom skipped the tournament, and Andy Murray, who dropped out due to fatigue, the 2018 Citi Open lacked a little star power.

The 19-year-old Carlos Moya lifted his first ATP title, defeating the 21-year-old qualifier Felix Mantilla 6-0 6-3 in just 59 minutes.

"I'm incredibly proud of myself".

"I've said it a few times, Roger and Rafa are still the best out there right now". "I'd like to see this more often".

The past four majors have been the best stretch of his career.

Alex De Minaur began his tournament with a comeback win against 2014 finalist Vasek Pospisil, who wilted badly in the heat in a 7-6 2-6 3-6 loss. De Minaur saved four match points in beating Andrey Rublev in a grueling semi-final to get there.

Although beaten, De Minaur, once ranked 208 in the world, will soar into the top 50 for the first time when the new rankings are produced on Monday, rising 27 spots to number 45.

Alex de Minaur has boosted his reputation as one of the brightest young talents in tennis by reaching his first ATP Tour 500 final in Washington DC. Rublev, ranked 46th, was a shock US Open quarter-finalist past year and only in July returned from a three-month layoff due to a lower back stress fracture.

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Shane Lowry, 139th in the FedEx points, had 30 points, and Monday qualifier John Oda was another point back along with J.J. Sam Saunders , who started the day three off the lead, finished with a round worth minus-1, finishing tied for seventh.

The German is seeking a third title of 2018 after becoming the first player this year to win 40 matches on tour with a 6-2 6-4 semi-final success over Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Zverev joined a list of back-to-back Washington champions that includes Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Juan Martin del Potro.

It gave the Germans a lead they did not relinquish as they advanced 3-1 winners thanks to victory in the doubles and a further Zverev win.

"I saw he was getting a little bit exhausted, Zverev told Tennis Channel".

Zverev's serve proved the difference-maker in the match, with the 21 year old winning every first serve point he landed in the match save two.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is through to the women's final.

The 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open victor will face seventh-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia or unseeded Zheng Saisai of China as she looks for her 18th WTA title.

Rublev, who won his only ATP title previous year at Umag, beat American Denis Kudla 6-1, 6-4, in a quarter-final delayed from Friday by rain. Rublev beat local product Denis Kudla, a Junior Tennis Champions Center, 6-1, 6-4 before losing in three sets to de Minaur.

Murray's third-round victory over Marius Copil ended just past 3 a.m. on Friday, after rain delayed the start of Thursday's action for 2½ hours.

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