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ATP roundup: Alexander Zverev wins fifth title of 2021

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Alexander Zverev hits a shot against Taylor Fritz during their quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, October 15, 2021.Bnp Friday 16
Alexander Zverev hits a shot against Taylor Fritz during their quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, October 15, 2021.Bnp Friday 16

No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev picked up his fifth title of 2021 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over unseeded American Frances Tiafoe in Sunday’s final at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.

Zverev improved to 6-1 head-to-head against Tiafoe with the victory. The German has not lost a final this season.

After a fairly even first set, Zverev racked up eight aces in the second set to seal the match in an hour and 36 minutes.

St. Petersburg Open

Unseeded Marin Cilic of Croatia upset fifth-seeded American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 to win the title in St Petersburg, Russia.

Cilic, who lost to Aslan Karatsev in last Sunday’s final in Moscow, finished with 12 aces, won 78 percent of points on his first serve and converted five of seven break opportunities in the two-hour, 23 minute match.

It’s the second title of the season for Cilic, who also claimed the Stuttgart crown in June. He previously won this event in 2011.

–Field Level Media