Germany’s Alexander Zverev claimed his first ATP title after defeating US Open champion, Stan Wawrinka in the final of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.
The 19-year-old had already lost two finals in 2016, but he finally got over the finish line in St. Petersburg, outlasting US Open champion, Stan Wawrinka in a topsy-turvy final.
Zverev took the opening set 6-2, but Wawrinka hit back to seize the second 6-3.
The world number three made the first move in the final set, opening up a 3-0 lead, but Zverev showed commendable mental strength to fight his way back into the contest.
It was the more experienced Wawrinka who cracked late on, dropping his serve at 5-5, leaving Zverev to serve for the title.
The teenager confidently took care of his own deliveries, sealing the deal with one final forehand winner after 2 hours and 23 minutes.
Victory in Russia lifted Zverev to number 24 in the world, matching his career-high ranking.