Alexander Zverev, of Germany, celebrates after he won over Alex de Minaur, of Australia, in the men's finals in the Citi Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Alexander Zverev says defending his ATP Washington Open title Sunday shows growing in strength and maturity, but the world No. 3 still sees a big gap to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.While Zverev stands atop a generation of rising young stars, he still puts 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer, 36, and 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, 32, on the highest of pedestals.De Minaur, who took only 11 points off Zverev's serve, could somewhat agree after falling in 74 minutes.Zverev, who needed a fifth-set Davis Cup tiebreaker to beat De Minaur in their only prior meeting, broke twice to win the first set in 30 minutes.De Minaur reached the semifinals when three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray withdrew Friday after three grueling three-set matches in only his third event since missing 11 months with a right hip injury.
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