The Olympic gold medallist has now replaced Nadal as the world No.4 and showed why. On Saturday night the 24-year-old rallied from a break down in the decider to edge a thriller against Tsitsipas, prior to extending his winning streak to 11 matches in the final.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself yet. I won the gold medal and just won a Masters, which I am very happy about and It is an incredible feeling going into the US Open,” mused the the first player to win Olympic gold and Cincinnati in the same year since Andre Agassi in 1996.
For Zverev the timing is perfect, seeking to erase the heartbreaking US Open loss last fall.
The German surrendered a two-sets advantage before falling short in the final-set tie-break against Thiem in his first Grand Slam final.
Zverev, fresh from a spectacular comeback against Djokovic out at Tokyo 2020, is determined to re-write his US Open story.
“You actually learn much more from losses than from wins. Losses motivate you in the way that you want to do better next time,” stated Zverev.
“Tennis is a very short-term memory sport. You need to have success, put it in your pocket and put it in the back of the brain and know you can do it, but then go out there and do it again.
“For me, it’s now about making the next step, winning the big titles.”