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Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final; Denis Kudla falls

Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final; Denis Kudla falls

Alexander Zverev is back in the final at the Citi Open.

The defending champion beat 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals Saturday. The top-seeded German is looking to become the first back-to-back winner of the hard-court U.S. Open tuneup since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008 and 2009.

Zverev has won 15 of 17 career matches in Washington.

“I'm playing great here,” Zverev said. “Hopefully I can continue to do so (Sunday) and hopefully in the next few years, as well.”

Zverev will face Alex de Minaur in the final after the unseeded Aussie beat Russia's Andrey Rublev 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-4 in the other semifinal. De Minaur reached the semis when former No....

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