Zverev sealed his third three-set win in 4 matches on the ATP 250 by holding agency within the face of a clean-hitting show from Safiullin, who was competing in his maiden tour-level closing. Zverev was two factors from defeat at 5/5 within the second-set tie-break however he raised his degree to seal a two-hour, 56-minute triumph and declare his twenty first tour-level crown.
“He’s enjoying the very best tennis of his life for certain,” stated Zverev of Safiullin. “The way in which he was profitable this week, I feel he beat a whole lot of nice gamers fairly simply, so I knew that he was enjoying properly. Clearly, I’m blissful to have the ability to come again and to win this title.”
The little soar of happiness 😂
— ATP Tour (@atptour) September 26, 2023
Safiullin had lit up Chengdu with a collection of clean-hitting shows en path to the ultimate and he didn’t let up for the championship match, placing 33 winners to his opponent’s 25. He saved three set factors from 4-5, 0/40 to win the opening set, however the World No. 10 Zverev dialled in behind his huge first serve and completed the stronger as he improved to 14-6 in tour-level finals on laborious courts.
Zverev, who additionally triumphed in Hamburg and reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros earlier this 12 months, is now 46-21 for the 12 months after lacking the second half of the 2022 season with a severe ankle damage. His victory on debut in Chengdu additionally boosted his standing within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Race To Turin. Zverev is now in seventh place as he seems to return to for a sixth look on the Nitto ATP Finals, the place he’s a two-time champion.