Alexander Zverev: Me, Andrey Rublev won mainly because of me



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Alexander Zverev: Me, Andrey Rublev won mainly because of me

German tennis star Alexander Zverev jokingly took all the credit for the doubles win he and Andrey Rublev collected at the Laver Cup. Zverev and Rublev beat Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-7 (4) 10-3 in Sunday's doubles clash at the Laver Cup.

Zverev and Rublev made a fast start to the match, breaking Opelka and Shapovalov twice to easily win the opener. As no breaks were seen in the second set, the set had to be resolved in a tie-break. In the tie-break, Opelka and Shapovalov realized their second set point to force a tie-break.

However, losing a tight second set set didn't affect Zverev and Rublev as they Rublev as they dominated the match tie-break to book a three-set win. "I don't think I lost one doubles with him where it was my fault, to be honest.

I'm happy we finally one won, which is mainly because of me, I have to say. I also do believe that we won the doubles yesterday because of me even though I wasn't on the court," Zverev joked.

Zverev was referring to Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas' win

On Saturday, Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas beat John Isner and Nick Kyrgios.

"The thing is in my head I was trying to [let] Stefanos just to be the leader on the court… especially in the first set,” Rublev said after victory. “But then, since the second set I started to play really well.

In the [match] tiebreak both of us played unbelievable”. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas said it took time to adjust. "It took time to adjust. Me and Andrey, I think it was the first time we were playing together, but definitely very glad with the quality of tennis we brought on the court the second set and later,” Tsitsipas said.

“It was a thrilling match and we just managed to close it in the best possible fashion with a stellar performance in a [match] tiebreak”. In his lone singles match played at the Laver Cup, Rublev beat Diego Schwartzman.