RICHARD MILLE & ALEXANDER ZVEREV
In just 1 hour and 29 minutes, Alexander Zverev deprived Richard Gasquet of a fourth title at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Sunday 12 February. It’s an auspicious start for the German, who is continuing his spectacular rise on the circuit, and may well become the number one player in the world someday.
The German showed himself unyielding as the encounter heated up, particularly during the first set’s tie-breaker. During the second set, Richard Gasquet, trailing 3-5, lost his service in the 8th game and was unable to prevent Zverev from winning. This triumph, with a final score of 7-6, 6-3, is Alexander Zverev’s second World Tour title, his win in Saint-Petersburg last year being the first. It can be said that the young player, who is only 19 years old, is off to an extremely promising start.
Not content with his singles victory, Zverev, brimming with confidence, also took home the Open’s doubles competition with his elder brother Mischa, their first title as a doubles team. In a three-set match (6-4, 6-7, 10-7) they prevailed over second-seeded Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor. In the throes of emotion following his victory, Mischa shared “I congratulate my brother for winning both the singles and the doubles. He was exceptional. I am truly delighted to be sharing this title with him.” This marks the first time a player has won both the singles and doubles titles since Lleyton Hewitt did so at Newport in 2014. And let us recall that since 2000, only seven players, including Zverev have won multiple titles before the age of 20.
“Sascha” Zverev, as he is known, is currently 18th in the ATP World Tour rankings. After his remarkable feat of pushing fellow Richard Mille partner Rafael Nadal to a fifth set in Australia, it is gratifying to see his progress rewarded with the trophy in Montpellier.