Where it all started
The combined Hamburg tournament witnessed hometown glory for Alexander Zverev.
The German crafted his powerful game on those very courts and secured an emotional 7-5, 6-3 final triumph over Laslo Djere for his first title since the 2021 ATP Finals.
“At the end of the day, this is my home, this is where I grew up, and this where I started playing tennis,” said 20-time titlist Zverev, who had to learn to walk again after a horror ankle injury at Roland-Garros 2022.
“It was incredible for me, incredibly emotional. I can’t describe it in words, I’m just super happy right now. It’s almost like a first title again."
Over on the WTA side and Arantxa Rus denied a fairytale ending for German prodigy Noma Noha Akugue.
Rus, competing in her 126th WTA main draw, earned a 6-0, 7-6(3) victory against the breakout wild card for her own landmark moment.
"The day was very long because I was very nervous all day long, but I'm happy that I could play good tennis and it was a great final from both of us, a lot of spectators and a very good atmosphere," said Rus, cracking the Top 50 for the first time on Monday.
"I'm very proud of myself that after so many years, I made my first title."