17 year old Alexander Zverev enjoys a break through week at the Sparkassen Open (video)


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17 year old  Alexander Zverev enjoys a break through week at the Sparkassen Open (video)

Current Australian Open boy's champion Alexander Zverev has enjoyed the week of his life as the wild card entry beat three top 100 players to get his first ever Challenger title.

World 665 Zverev came in to tournament with a 2014 main draw win-loss of only 1-6. On his way to yesterday's final Zverev beat Tobias Kamke (WR 87) in the first round and top seed Andrey Golubev (WR 56) in the semi finals.

Impressively both of those wins was in straight sets. In the final he faced world world number 89 Paul-Henri Mathieu. It was Mathieu who got off to the better start as he stormed to take the first set 6-1 in just under 40 minutes.

The Frenchman however got a taste of his own medicine as Zverev reacted by taking the second set with the same score but in a longer time (62 minutes). Zverev was able to carry on this momentum as he edged Mathieu 6-4 in the final set to take his first ever Challenger title at the €106,500+H event.

To put his win in to numbers. Zverev has won 22 points during the first six month of the season going in to the event however by winning this weeks Challenger event he has gained 125 points alone! He is now the youngest player to win a Challenger title since Bernard Tomic back in 2009 and will now be in the world top 300 when tomorrow's rankings are released.

Full replay of yesterday's final