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Zverev beats de Minaur for 2nd consecutive Citi Open title

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AP, Washington :
Alexander Zverev's second Citi Open title in a row is merely the latest sign that he is separating himself from the other up-and-coming youngsters in tennis.
That doesn't mean he is sure that guys such as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal are worrying just yet.
"You've got to ask them. I don't think Roger's too concerned about it," Zverev said with a smile. "He's somewhere in Switzerland right now, enjoying ... his milk from his cow."
Zverev became the first man in nearly a decade to win consecutive titles at Washington's hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, overpowering Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the final Sunday.
Juan Martin del Potro won the Citi Open in 2008 and 2009.
Zverev hit six aces, and never faced a break point en route to his ninth career ATP title and third of 2018.
"He hit me off the court today," de Minaur said.
Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova won the women's final, erasing four match points in the second set on the way to a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory over Donna Vekic. Kuznetsova also won the title in Washington in 2014.
Germany's Zverev is 21, and Australia's de Minaur is 19, making for the youngest final on the ATP World Tour since 20-year-old Rafael Nadal beat 19-year-old Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells, California, in 2007.
"I'm sure these kind of trophies will be in your hands very soon," Zverev told de Minaur.
Even though Sunday's finalists are close in age, Zverev held quite an advantage in size and experience.
He is 6-foot-6, ranked No. 3 and one of only five active players with at least three Masters titles (the others are Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray). De Minaur is 5-foot-11, ranked 72nd and yet to win a tour-level title of any sort.
"Sascha Zverev is the future of pro tennis," said tournament co-founder and chairman Donald Dell, using Zverev's nickname. "He's chasing Federer and Nadal for the No. 1 spot."
Zverev - who beat his older brother, Mischa, in the third round - put on a dominant performance on a steamy afternoon with the temperature hitting 90 degrees. The sun was a contrast to all of the rain during the week that jumbled the schedule and led to Andy Murray's withdrawal before facing de Minaur in the quarterfinals.

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