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Zverev adds Cincy Masters to Olympic gold, Barty wins


It took the German less than an hour against his longtime childhood friend and rival to lift the trophy and secure a solid position at the US Open, starting a week on Monday.

Alexander Zverev backed up his Olympic triumph with a fifth title at the ATP Masters 1000, defeating Andrei Rublev 6: 2, 6: 3 in Cincinnati on Sunday.

It took the German less than an hour against his longtime childhood friend and rival to lift the trophy and secure a solid position at the US Open, starting a week on Monday.

“The US Open will start in a week, so obviously I want to continue in the same spirit and maybe I want to play even better there,” Zverev said.

Women’s world number one Ashley Barty was just as impressive, winning her fifth title of the season at the combined ATP / WTA event, beating Swiss wild card Jill Teichmann 6-3, 6-1.

The Australian, who will hold on to the top spot as the final Grand Slam of the Year draws near, took over midway through the first set and was never really threatened.

“It was a great week and it got better with every game,” Barty said.

“Today I was able to trust myself and play confidently, which was important in the big final.

“I am delighted that here in Qingxi, New York, there will be matches in difficult conditions.”

Zverev showed no repercussions from the abdominal discomfort that forced him to take a medical time out during his grueling semi-final win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday.

Zverev won his 11th straight match and his fifth against Rublev, a player he has played since his youth.

The German entered the week with six defeats in previous games in Cincinnati, but turned that negatively upside down.

“My first win here was on Wednesday and now I own the title four days later,” he said.

“It was an incredible week, I had a lot of great matches. It’s a great feeling to go to the Open. “

Zverev kept the score of unforced errors to six, although Rublev lost to him 11: 6.

The third seed brought 16 winners and beat Rublev five times.

Zverev’s only slight hiccup came from the fact that he was broken, serving a 5-2 victory in the second set.

But he finished a convincing victory in the game later with a well-timed separation, when Rublev won back the gate.

“Until the end, I played tennis,” said Zverev. “I didn’t have a big party on the net, as Andrey and I became best friends from the age of 11 or 12.

“With my Olympic gold and this fifth Masters, I’m really looking forward to New York.”

– Barty dominates –

Although she doesn’t leave Cincinnati with the trophy, runner-up Teichmann is leaving after a stellar week.

The 76th racket of the world beat three top 12 players, including four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, fourth seed Karolina Plishkova and Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

But she had no answers, as Wimbledon champion Barty increased her WTA Tour title this season to 40.

“I am very happy with my week, today I wanted to win, but Ash was too good,” she said. “I felt like I was there in the first set, but suddenly the first set was gone. She raised her level in a second – she was too good. “

Barty had an almost flawless match against the rookie in the Masters level final, losing only one serve as it served to win.

Top seed quickly corrected course, bringing Teichmann back in the final game and capturing the title in 71 minutes.

Barty, who hasn’t thrown a set all week, said she didn’t expect her title fight to be so smooth after only playing at the Olympics after Wimbledon.

The two-time Grand Slam champion will kick off her 83rd straight week in first place on Monday.

Winning her 19th singles final earned Barty 13th trophy, including seven of her last eight finals appearances.



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