Stan Wawrinka Beaten by 'Future of Tennis' Alexander Zverev

Updated: 25 September 2016 23:35 IST

Alexander Zverev, the 19-year-old Monte Carlo resident, came into the final full of confidence and broke Stan Wawrinka's serve twice for a one-set lead in 39 minutes.

Stan Wawrinka Beaten by 'Future of Tennis' Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev defeated Stan Wawrinka to lift the St. Petersburg Open title. © AFP

St. Petersburg:

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka came up short against rising German star Alexander Zverev in the Saint Petersburg Open final on Sunday, the teenager claiming his debut ATP title 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Zverev, the 19-year-old Monte Carlo resident, came into the final full of confidence and broke the Swiss top seed's serve twice for a one-set lead in 39 minutes.

In the second set, world number three Wawrinka, who has won 11 of his previous ATP finals, also broke twice to level at one-set all after one hour 22 minutes on court.

Wawrinka, 31, broke early in the deciding set but the 27-ranked Zverev broke back twice to close out his win in two hours 23 minutes.

"I'm full of emotions! I just couldn't have chosen a better place to win my maiden title," said Zverev, who has Russian origins, at the hardcourt of Sibur Arena.



"It was really hard when I was trailing 3-0 in the deciding set but I forced myself to keep on fighting. And now I'm really happy with my win."

Wawrinka congratulated Zverev calling him the future of tennis.

"You're the future of the tennis but you're already at the top," the Swiss said.

"Today you've played a great match and won deservedly. My congratulations for what you're doing so far."



Topics : Stanislas Wawrinka Alexander Zverev Tennis
Highlights
  • Alexander Zverev beat Stan Wawrinka to win the St. Petersburg Open title
  • This is his maiden ATP men's singles crown
  • Wawrinka has won 11 of his previous ATP finals
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