World No. 8 Casper Ruud revealed it was quite funny to see Alexander Zverev getting irritated by an announcer at the Cincinnati Masters. Last year, Ruud and Zverev clashed in the Cincinnati quarterfinal. Ruud stood no chance versus Zverev as the German claimed a 6-1 6-3 win.
Still, it was a match that Ruud would never forget, mainly because of one scene. On a court nearby, Tsitsipas was playing Felix Auger-Aliassime. After Tsitsipas sealed a three-set win, the announcer reportedly got too excited.
It interrupted Ruud and Zverev and it prompted a reaction from the German. In an interview with Eurosport, Ruud was asked about his funniest memory from the Tour. "We had a quite funny incident last year when I was playing Sascha (Alexander) Zverev in Cincinnati," Ruud said, per Sportskeeda.
"The two biggest courts (in Cincinnati) lie like right next to each other. Tsitsipas was playing at the same time that we were playing. He had just won, so the announcer went on pretty loud and crazy on the speaker."
Ruud: Zverev had enough of the announcer
"He said Stefanos Tsitsipas like eight times or something like this. And Sascha was like, 'Alright, we get it, Stef has won. Can we just please play on this court?'," Ruud continued.
Also, Ruud revealed Zverev jokingly remarked the announcer was probably a Tsitsipas fan. "We weren't on the biggest court. So I remember Sascha was joking about the announcer being a Tsitsipas fan, to put it this way," Ruud added.
In the Cincinnati semifinal, Zverev met Tsitsipas. Zverev overcame Tsitsipas in three sets and later went on to win the title. The Zverev and Tsitsipas match featured a scene as Zverev was frustrated by Tsitsipas' lengthy bathroom break.
Fortunately for Zverev, he managed to mentally overcome the incident and win the match in three sets. In a recent interview, Zverev said he has a good relationship with Tsitsipas.