It all comes down to this. Finals day is here at the Citi Open, and we have eight players who will be putting it all on the line for a shot at the title.
Kevin Anderon and Alexander Zverev outlasted the field for their shot at Stadium Court glory this week. Will it be the 31-year-old big-serving South African? Or the 20-year-old German with star power to spare?
Zverev has beaten Anderson in their only previous meetings, including a win here two years ago and a win this spring on clay in Rome. Both matches ended at 6-4 in the third, and, by Zverev’s own admission, he played “incredibly well” during their 2015 showdown here in D.C.
It might all come down to the serve. At 6’8” and 6’6” respectively, both Anderson and Zverev have power potential, but it’s Anderson who has been dominating the statistics chart this week. With 62 aces served this week, he almost tripled the second name on the list (Sock, 23).
Zverev summed it up best in his pre-final analysis: “It’s going to be a tough match.”
Julia Goerges played what notable WTA analyst Courtney Nguyen called one of the matches of the year Saturday night against countrywoman Andrea Petkovic, booking her spot in the final with a two-and-a-half hour, three-set victory.
It’s the third final in the past two months for Goerges, but she’ll need to get past Ekaterina Makarova to take her first title of 2017. Makarova is ranked 18 spots behind Goerges at 58, but she has beaten the 28-year-old in their only previous meeting at the Australian Open in 2015.
The Russian also has more experience on a big stage, twice reaching a Grand Slam singles semifinal and capturing three major doubles titles plus a gold medal with partner Elena Vesnina.
If Goerges is feeling well-rested after a semifinal match that ended near midnight, we could be in for a battle.
This will be fun. The doubles final features the tournament’s top two seeds: Henri Kontinen and John Peers vs. Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. Kontinen and Peers started their season by capturing their first Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open, a win that made Kontinen the first Finnish man to hold the world No. 1 ranking.
Melo and Kubot beat Kontinen and Peers in five sets en-route to winning Wimbledon last month. Both teams are coming in with confidence, so make sure to tune in for some of the best doubles in the world.