ZVEREV BROTHERS DOMINATE IN SINGLES AND DOUBLES FOR HEAD IN FRANCE
Montpellier/France February 13th 2017
Teenaged next-gen HEAD Hero Alexander Zverev denied Richard Gasquet a fourth title at the ATP event in Montpellier, defeating the Frenchman 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final to win a the second title of a fast-rising career. Zverev, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Touch Speed, has now reached a career high ranking of 18 after his win.
Gasquet, now ranked 19th, and who recommends the HEAD Graphene XT Extreme, had been seeking a fourth Montpellier title after trophies in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Zverev defeated Briton Aljaz Bedene and the French pair of Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the singles final and dispatched third seed Gasquet in just under 90 minutes. He added the French honor to his St Petersburg career breakthrough title from last autumn. “I’m very happy to win this title, I’ve had a really good start to the year,” the 19-year-old said. Added Gasquet: “It was a difficult match. I made a few mistakes. He hits the ball really hard on both sides and has a pretty incredible service. He deserves his victory today. But overall I’m happy about this week.”
Later he doubled up with elder brother Mischa (HEAD Graphene Touch Speed) to capture the Montpellier doubles title from Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7.
“It’s great to win singles and doubles,” said Alexander Zverev. “I’m very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs.
“It was an amazing week,” said Mischa Zverev. “Congrats to my brother, winning singles and doubles for the first time. It’s always special playing doubles with him, especially playing well and winning. I’m really, really happy. I didn’t expect it.”
In Quito, Ecuador, HEAD’s Italian ace Paolo Lorenzi, who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Prestige, came within a set of beating Victor Estrella, but took the loss 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-7 (6) to the big hitter from the Dominican Republic.