CLINICAL! Alexander Zverev Sweeps Past Andrey Rublev To Clinch Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/22/2021, 8:03 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts during his gold medal match against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Edgar Su


It was the final of the Cincinnati Open 2021 and it was a mouth-watering contest between Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev. Both players have played each other on many occasions and like always, the German star emerged as the eventual winner. He won the match 6-2 6-3. 

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Set 1: Alexander Zverev is too ruthless for the Russian player 

As the match began, Alexander Zverev broke Andrey Rublev in the opening game of the match. He quickly consolidated the break by holding his serve in the next game.

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To make matters worse for the Russian star, Zverev broke his opponent for the second time in the third game of the set. In the end, the two breaks were enough to put him in the driver’s seat. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts during his gold medal match against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Mike Segar

During the entire set, the German talent was dominant and served better than his Russian opponent. It took him just 28 minutes to clinch the set in his favor. 

Set 2: Andrey Rublev is no match for the German star

As the previous set began, the German player broke his opponent in the very first game of the second set. He capitalized on the situation and held service in the next game. 

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In the fifth game of the set, Rublev was broken for the second time. It looked difficult for him to get back into the match at this point. However, he did manage to get one break back but that wasn’t enough.

Aug 20, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Andrey Rublev (RUS) returns a shot during his match against Benoit Paire (FRA not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

The German star was too dominant and won the set by breaking Rublev for the third time in the match. In 32 minutes, the match was sealed in the favour of Zverev, winning comfortably 6-3. 

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With this win, the German star will be in the right frame of mind heading towards the US Open 2021. In the previous edition, he lost in the final to Dominic Thiem. We wish him the very best moving forward. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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