Germany's Zverev takes Munich title

BERLIN: Germany's rising star Alexander Zverev earned his third ATP title, but his first on home soil, with a straight sets win in the final of the Munich tournament on Sunday.

The 20-year-old third seed needed just 72 minutes to seal a 6-4, 6-3 win over Argentinian qualifier Guido Pella, ranked 158th in the world.

Hamburg-born Zverev converted his first match point to take the title after also winning in St Petersburg last September and Montpellier in February.

Rain in Munich delayed the start by nearly three hours and Zverev made a slow start, being broken in the first game, but rallied by taking the last three games of the first set.

He walks away with a brand-news sports car and winners cheque of €85,945 — plus a luxury pair of Bavarian lederhosen.

The victory is expected to take Zverev up to a career-high of 17th in the ATP rankings on Monday. — AFP