May 7, 2017 / 4:50 PM / 6 months ago

German Zverev wins first ATP title on home soil

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - German Alexander Zverev stormed past Argentine qualifier Guido Pella 6-4 6-3 to win the Munich Open on clay on Sunday for his second title of the season, confirming his fine form ahead of this month’s French Open.

File Photo: Tennis - Monte Carlo Masters - Monaco, 19/04/2017. Alexander Zverev of Germany plays a shot to Feliciano Lopez of Spain. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The world number 20, who ousted second seed clay court specialist Roberto Bautista-Agut in the last four, needed just over an hour to capture his third tour title.

The start of the final on a soggy day in Munich had to be delayed half a dozen times and Zverev had an equally slow start, falling 4-2 behind against the 158th-ranked Argentine, who was contesting his first ever tour final.

The German, though, battled back, winning 10 points in a row and then clinched the first set without losing another game.

An early break in the second was all it took for the talented Zverev -- seen as a likely future grand slam winner -- to secure the title on his first match point and set a marker ahead of the French Open starting on May 22.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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