Alexander Zverev: Novak Djokovic is still at top but young guys are quite strong



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Alexander Zverev: Novak Djokovic is still at top but young guys are quite strong

World No. 4 Alexander Zverev believes Novak Djokovic is still at his best but acknowledged that the young are coming after him. Zverev, a former world No. 4, captured the Cincinnati Masters title after beating Andrey Rublev 6-2 6-3.

Zverev recently captured his maiden gold medal after beating Karen Khachanov in the Tokyo Olympics final. In the Tokyo Olympics semifinal, Zverev recovered from a set and a break down to stun Djokovic. Zverev has now won back-to-back titles as Cincinnati was his first tournament after the Olympics.

"I think tennis is in a good spot, I would say, because the other guys are still there,” Zverev said after winning Cincinnati, per TENNIS magazine. “Novak is still at top of his game, but the young guys all look quite strong.

It’s going to be interesting to see who will do what in the next few years”.

Zverev didn't give a chance to Rublev

Zverev started the first set with a 4-0 lead and the second set with a 2-0 lead. Zverev controlled the match from the start until the end and Rublev never really stood a chance.

“I was feeling well. It was more about I think the beginning,” said Rublev, who is now 0-5 against Zverev. “Both sets, when you start straight with a break down, especially against Sascha who is serving that well and that hard, it’s already super tough.

Because he feel more release, he knows that he have advantage, he have one break ahead. It’s much, much easier to play when you start with a break. It’s already give you big advantage. That was the key”. Zverev noted that it was his day on the court.

"I felt well from the beginning,” Zverev said. “Broke him the first game, and I think then the match went my way, I have to say, quite a lot and quite fast”.