TennisSection previews the 2021 Cincinnati Open as Alexander Zverev meets Andrey Rublev in the Final on Sunday August 22nd, 2021.
A blockbuster Final is upon us here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open as third seeded German Alexander Zverev and fourth seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia do battle. Both players have been having great seasons in 2021 and have been in spectacular form so far here in Cincinnati. They will both be highly motivated to win the title here and end their US Open preparations on a high, who has what it takes to get the win here and claim the title?
Alexander Zverev is currently ranked #5 in the ATP world rankings and is the third seed here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open. The tall German has been having a solid season in 2021, notably claiming the title in Madrid and winning the Olympic gold medal. He has been in great form here in Cincinnati, and reached the Semi-Finals without dropping a set, and only facing one break point. Zverev had a tremendous battle with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Semi-Finals that he can count himself lucky to have won, as the Greek star actually served for the match when up 5-4 in the third set before dramatically collapsing and handing the German a close win in almost three hours. He enters this match against Andrey Rublev as the favorite, and seems locked in here as he seeks to win his fifth career Masters-1000 title
Andrey Rublev is the fourth seed here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open and is currently ranked #7 in the ATP world rankings. The Russian has dominated the lower level ATP tournaments over the past few seasons but is finally beginning to make his mark on the larger events. After a strong start to the year he has plateaued a bit, with poor performances at Wimbledon, the Olympics and Rogers Cup. He will have been delighted to have found form so close to the US Open, where he will be considered a dark horse contender for the title. The fourth seed has had a very difficult path to the Final and has not always looked convincing, but he found a way to win four extremely tough matches against Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Benoit Paire and finally his first ever win over Daniil Medvedev to reach the Final. It looked like he was down and out after losing the first set to his countryman, but he refocused well and produced the goods with his backhand which Medvedev was targeting. While he is the underdog here against Alexander Zverev, his explosive game gives him a chance against anyone if he plays well and he should not be discounted here.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with the German dominating the head to head 4-0. In fact, he has never lost a set to his opponent Andrey Rublev and the score lines have been quite one sided. While Rublev has improved since their last meeting, I am expecting Zverev to get the win here for the fifth consecutive time. He is playing lights out at the moment, and seems to be peaking at the right time before the US Open. His serve has been a massive weapon all week, and when that is firing he is almost difficult to beat. I expect Andrey Rublev to give a much better account of himself here than he has done previously against this opponent but he will ultimately fall short. Alexander Zverev will win this match and become the 2021 Cincinnati Open champion.
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