Alexander Zverev wins 2021 Erste Bank Open Vienna
As in every match that Francis Tiafoe played this week, it was a good and entertaining one. The American is always one that loves to play in front of a full crowd and today he enjoyed himself. His level was not as high as in previous matches probably due to fatigue but also due to the fact that Zverev was simply too good. There was rarely ever a time in the match when the German looked overmatched or unsure what to do.
For Zverev the key in this match was to keep his serve and serve well. For the majority of the match he was doing just that and Tiafoe barely had any chances. The German was also more aggressive than Tiafoe and that is something that American will surely want to change. At the end of the first set, Zverev had more winners but the majority of them were service winners.
He did venture out more times than Tiafoe to the net and that is something that might have tilted the match in Zverev's favor. The key moment in the first set came fairly late with Zverev carving out a set point. A bit of nerve showed in Tiafoe's games and Zverev was able to escape a tiebreak where things could have gone differently.
A similar thing happened in the 2nd set with Zverev applying pressure early but Tiafoe holding on several times barely. The American forced his own first break point in the set at 4-4 but another great serve saved it. In the very next came Zverev pushed Tiafoe a bit and the American collapsed losing out the 2nds set with 6-4. A tremendous week for Zverev and a deserved win in the end.