Zverev defends title

Alexander Zverev says defending his ATP Washington Open title on Sunday shows growing in strength and maturity, but the World No. 3 still sees a big gap to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

The 21-year-old German won his third title of the year and the ninth of his career by defeating Australian teen Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the 50th edition of the US Open tune-up event.

“Roger and Rafa are still the best out there and still competing for Grand Slam titles,” he said. “I haven’t won a Grand Slam title.”

In the companion WTA event final, two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova saved four match-points to defeat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

The results (finals):

Men: Alexander Zverev bt Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4.

Women: Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2

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