Zverev beats Anderson to claim Washington Open

Alexander Zverev secured his fourth ATP title of the year on Sunday as he defeated Kevin Anderson in the final of the Washington Open.

The 20-year old German put in a superb performance, dropping just nine points on his own serve as he eased to a 6-4, 6-4 victory and added another crown to wins at Montpellier, Munich and Rome.

The win moved him level with Rafael Nadal on four wins, with only Roger Federer (5) winning more titles this year.

Zverev claimed the first set after earning a break in the third game and broke Anderson again in the opening game of the second set.

He avoided trouble on his serve and never faced a break point as he sealed the win and collected the $355,460 winner’s cheque.

After the match, the German prodigy thanked his father and new co-coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

“Thanks for joining this crazy team,” Zverev said. “What a way to start together and hopefully we have many more years to come and many more titles together.”

Ferrero joined the German’s father, Alex Snr, as co-coach in May.

“It’s amazing what we’ve already accomplished,” Zverev said. “Hopefully a lot more will come in the future.”

Zverev will remain at number eight in the new world rankings while Anderson will climb to 33.

In the women’s final, Ekaterina Makarova won her third career title as she rallied from a set down to defeat Julia Goerges of Germany.

Goerges served for the match in the second set, but her Russian opponent broke serve, before claiming the tiebreak and then running away with the deciding set to claim a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 victory.

It was her first tournament win since the Pattaya Open in 2014.