Zverev wins second title of the season in Munich

Monday, May 8

ATP Next Gen star Alexander Zverev won his second title of 2017 at the BMW Open in Munich, Germany. The local favourite and ATP rising star defeated qualifier Guido Pella 6-4, 6-3 to win his third career title and second of the season.

It may possibly be the first time in history that a player wins a higher percentage of points on their second serve than their first and are able to win a championship match – 65% first serve points won to 81% second serves.

The third seed in Munich, Zverev only dropped one set en route in his title run. That came against countryman Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round – Zverev dropped the first set 6-3 but won the next two in a tiebreak. His road to the final also included wins over Jeremy Chardy and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Zverev is 18-8 on the season after his run in Munich. He has more wins than Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori, who all have 15 wins to date. Zverev just trails Rafael Nadal (29-5), David Goffin (24-9), Dominic Thiem (22-10), Albert Ramos Vinolas (21-13), and Roger Federer (19-1) for the best record as we enter the fifth month of the season.

Zverev’s other title this year came on the hard courts in Montpellier, France. That title came against local favourite Richard Gasquet in straight sets – 7-6(4), 6-3.

Along with his title runs, Zverev has made the third round at the Australian Open and Indian Wells, quarter-finals in Miami, and the fourth round in Monte Carlo.

The 20-year-old Zverev’s first career title came at the St. Petersburg Open in September 2016. He defeated the newly crowned US Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the final 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. If you’re keeping count, that is three titles in nine months.

Zverev, who turned pro in 2013, leads the charge of players in contention for a spot in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, Italy, at the end of the season. Borna Coric, Frances Tiafoe, Hyeon Chung, Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov are also in a spot to qualify for the event. Canadians Denis Shapovalov (no. 15) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (no. 22) are also in a battle for a spot in the Finals.

If you can’t wait until November to see the Next Gen compete, you can catch Zverev among others at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal this August.


Feature photo via Sky Sports.