stpetersburg16zverev_wawrinka

stpetersburg16zverev_wawrinka

Points won by each set: [ 33-23, 24-34, 41-37 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Zverev – 21 of 109
19 % Wawrinka – 16 of 83

On the same day as Lucas Pouille won his maiden title (in Metz), three years younger Zverev claimed his first title in the country of his ancestors. The 19-year-old German [27] with Russian origins, not only showed big potential technically-wise spreading winners in all directions, he also presented mental strength winning the final being two points away from defeat against much more experienced opponent, who had just won US Open and 10 consecutive matches, above all Wawrinka [3] was on an 11-match winning streak as far as the finals are concerned! The Swiss led 3:0* in the decider, later on 5:4 (deuce) when Zverev attacked his backhand forcing an error at passing-shot. At 5-all Wawrinka led 40/15, but made a couple of casual forehand errors. Serving for the title Zverev didn’t show any signs of nervousness, and converted his second match point with a dropshot/passing-shot combo (forehands) to finish the final after 2 hours 23 minutes. “This victory is something special,” Zverev said. “I played all the finals well. I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass… Now I’m very happy with the win, especially over such a great player like Stan.”

Zverev’s route to his maiden title:
1 Karen Khachanov 7-6(3), 6-4
2 Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-5
Q Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-2
S Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4
W Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

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