St. Petersburg Open, Russia
Men’s Final:  Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs.  Alexander Zverev (GER)
We have been following him since 2014 and recognized right away that he was something special. It’s been a bit rocky for him this season but you could see that he was maturing with every match, win or loss. He has made it to a final on three surfaces this year, proving his versatility. Today he got it done on indoor hard court; however, it looked pretty grim in the third set when Wawrinka took a 3-0 lead. It was third time lucky for Zverev; however, it was the most unlikely. After all, Wawrinka is the number three ranked player on tour and the reigning US Open champion.
Zverev did in this tournament what he had been unable to do previously, a sign that he is growing stronger mentally. He defeated Tomas Berdych, a player he had lost to four times previously. He has been teetering on the brink, he had match point against Rafael Nadal earlier this year in Indian Wells; and he defeated Roger Federer, the king of grass, in Halle. There is no doubt that he is going places and this victory will definitely propel him upwards. It was a battle though, Wawrinka did not give this match away; Zverev, outplayed him in the third to win his first ATP World Tour singles title 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
It was a hard fought victory, mentally and physically, but perhaps it will be all the sweeter because he succeeded in Russia, the birthplace of his parents. CONGRATULATIONS!
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