Alexander Zverev advances to Citi Open final


Alexander Zverev is again within the final on the Citi Open.

The defending champion beat 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-Four within the semifinals Saturday. The highest-seeded German is wanting to change into the primary back-to-back winner of the hard-court U.S. Open tuneup since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008 and 2009.

Zverev has received 15 of 17 profession matches in Washington.

“I am taking part in nice right here,” Zverev mentioned. “Hopefully I can proceed to accomplish that [Sunday] and hopefully within the subsequent few years, as properly.”

Zverev will face Alex de Minaur within the final after the unseeded Aussie beat Russia’s Andrey Rublev 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-Four within the different semifinal. De Minaur reached the semis when former No. 1 Andy Murray withdrew from the waterlogged event, citing fatigue.

At 21, Zverev was the oldest participant within the semifinals together with the 19-year-old Tsitsipas and de Minaur and 20-year-old Rublev. Zverev joked after advancing, “I believe I am the one one which’s allowed to purchase a drink within the U.S., proper?”

Double obligation

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2 to attain the ladies’s final. The 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open winner will face seventh-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia as she appears for her 18th WTA title.

Vekic beat unseeded Zheng Saisai of China 7-5, 6-Three within the semifinals. 

Saisai beat American qualifier Allie Kiick 6-3, 6-1 within the quarter-finals as she and Rublev have been pressured to play twice Saturday. Rublev beat native product Denis Kudla 6-1, 6-Four earlier than dropping in three units to de Minaur.

Rain all through the week pushed motion again and led to Murray exiting the event. The three-time main champion, getting back from hip surgical procedure, completed his most up-to-date match at Three a.m. Friday and determined to withdraw moderately than play once more so quickly afterward.



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