“Good Luck at US Open”: Alexander Zverev to Stefanos Tsitsipas at Net in Cincinnati

Published 08/22/2021, 11:36 PM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) stands at the net with Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) after a semifinal match during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


The fans at the Cincinnati Open witnessed a small teaser of what to expect at the US Open. In a tensed battle between Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the German emerged victorious.

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Zverev showed great sportsmanship after the match and greeted his rival with grace. A simple good luck message for the Greek’s US Open campaign was rather not appreciated by Tsitsipas, through his body language.

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Unbelievable when we play: Alexander Zverev to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the end of the match

Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have one of the best rivalries in tennis. Prior to the semifinal, Tsitsipas led the German 6-2 in head-to-head games. However, Zverev utilized his fine form from the Olympic victory and won a third set tiebreaker.

Tsitsipas was taking too long in returning from his bathroom breaks during the game, which frustrated the German. He complained to the chair umpire as well regarding the issue, which was unprofessional. The match ended in a light manner as things did not deteriorate between the two players.

Unbelievable when we play. Good luck at the US Open,” said Zverev after the match ended and the players shook hands. Zverev managed to reach his fourth final of the year. He faced Tsitsipas for the third time this year, previously meeting at the Roland Garros semifinal.

The previous meeting proves the intensity of the meetup between Zverev and Tsitsipas. It was a five setter between the two on a hot day in Paris when Stefanos emerged victorious. The duo have had some intense and fierce battles over the years. Although Tsitsipas enjoys the record against Zverev, it will be the German who will be fighting for his fourth title of the year.

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Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) waits for Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE not pictured) to come back to the court after the first set of their semifinal match against during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Zverev going for gold at Cincinnati

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As a major step towards finding his form at the US Open, Zverev will need to win the final at Cincinnati. He will be playing against Andrey Rublev of Russia, who beat number one seed Daniil Medvedev. Zverev will also be aiming for a fourth title under his belt this year and look to be a favorite at the US Open.

Zverev, 2020 US Open finalist will be looking to amend his performance this year. He lost to Dominic Thiem last year, who will not be playing in New York this year.

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Can Zverev continue his fine form in New York?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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