Zverev Shines On Home Soil In Hamburg To Win First Title Since 2021

Zverev Shines On Home Soil In Hamburg To Win First Title Since 2021

by Evita Mueller

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For the first time in almost two years, Alexander Zverev is an ATP champion as he defeated Laslo Djere in the 2023 Hamburg Open final.

Last year was a very good year for Alexander Zverev if we're purely looking at tennis because he was playing at a really high level. Everything was going well until the injury, which forced him to miss the rest of the year. It was a huge blow for Zverev, who looked in a really strong position to put together his best season in years.

Unfortunately, the injury didn't just impact last season. It also impacted this year as it took him a long time to find his best tennis again. It was until the Roland Garros run that Zverev felt like himself again, and that's part of the reason why he declared himself ready to win a trophy again in Halle.

It didn't happen on grass, but it finally happened this week in Hamburg. He played fantastic tennis this week despite all the distractions, and he's got a trophy for it. The match itself was a pretty strong one from Zverev who outlasted a really solid Djere who had been playing superb tennis as week as well.

The Serbian held his own pretty well in the match, but his serve let him down in a major way. Zverev had his serve working, and it proved crucial in saving all four break points in the opening set. Djere found great solutions on the second serve, but he couldn't convert the break points. Despite having fewer break chances, Zverev converted his late in the opening set to win it 7-5.

Boosted by the opening set win, Zverev played even better in the second set while Djere started to falter. The serve improved, but the play didn't, and that proved very costly. Ultimately Zverev cruised to win his first trophy since 2021. The final score was 7-5, 6-3.


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