Live ticker Alexander Zverev – Alexander Bublik (Open Sud de France 2022, final)


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 2: 4

And Bublik threatens to pull away. Easygoing, he keeps his service game to zero! With a fantastic volley cross, he counters Zverev’s pass and puts it safely in the open field. Before that, the German had little chance on the return.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 2: 3

Last year’s semi-finalist lures Zverev back to the net and exploits the German’s weakness – Zverev actually has to put this volley into the field, but he only completes it in doubles. He gives up the serve to zero.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 2: 2

This time it’s down the line for the Kazakh! Zverev has to go back to the net and Bublik shoots the forehand straight down the line past Zverev.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 2: 2

Bublik plays that incredibly clever against the serve! Zverev is again in danger of losing his serve. The Kazakh pulls the backhand cross with a lot of angles, then brings Zverev to the net with the stop and sinks his counterattack with a forehand cross.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 2: 2

Bublik, on the other hand, makes short work of his service game, brings through four first serves and Zverev doesn’t get a return into the field. At 15, Bublik equalizes to make it 2-2.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 2: 1

With bending and breaking, Zverev somehow still gets through the service game, but can thank his opponent for his opponent’s increasingly occurring backhand errors.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 1: 1

Bublik misses two huge chances! First he fires his backhand into the net against the second serve, then he fails to get the forehand stop over the edge of the net.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 1: 1

Germany’s number 1 cannot be satisfied with itself. He puts the balls too short into the field and Bublik uses this with a terrific forehand cross to 30:15, then Zverev misses the line with his backhand longline wafer-thin.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 1: 1

These mistakes on Zverev’s backhand are unusual, especially this week, in which the German managed almost everything. But the cheeky Bublik has been giving him a lot of trouble so far. Again he warps the passing shot clearly into the side.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 1: 1

The Kazakh brings in a first again, Zverev is only on the defensive in the rally and in the end Bublik keeps his nerves on the net – then his seventh ace falls and he gets the 1: 1.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 1: 0

Bublik also makes a mistake when serving, but also serves the next ace on the double fault.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6, 1: 0

But at 30:30 the first serves fit, Bublik doesn’t bring you back into the field and Zverev transforms the cue ball with the backhand winner longline.


2nd sentence

Zverev lines up for the second set, but only moderately gets back into his service game. When it comes to service, he acts too much between light and shadow.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 6

And Bublik gets the game and the set after all! The next serve fits the set ball, then he follows his serve hard, pulls the backhand longline to the baseline and Zverev’s emergency return is far too long.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 5

This is how you can fend off two breakballs! First the service winner rushes through the middle with the first serve, then the ace with the second serve!


Zverev – Bublik 4: 5

And now the nerves of the young Kazakh are shaking again. He doesn’t bring in the first serve and Zverev has the weapons on the other hand, fires back the returns strongly and forces the mistakes.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 5

But the Kazakh gets the longest and strongest rally so far with a brilliant forehand winner against Zverev, who is acting on the net.

3:50 p.m

Zverev – Bublik 4: 5

Will Bublik keep his nerve this time and serve the break through on his own serve? Zverev defends himself against it, stays cool on the defensive and forces Bublik to make a passing mistake.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 5

Instead, Zverev hits the double fault and the forehand into the net during the subsequent rally was almost imminent. The third in the world rankings is surprisingly nervous.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 4

Zverev is not happy – his “ace” is given out, but the German complains that you can even see the imprint on the line. There is no electronic line system and Renaud Lichtenstein, the chair umpire, did not overrule the call either.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 4

Zverev is not as calm as in the three previous games, making two simple but, above all, expensive mistakes. First he sends the forehand longline behind the baseline, then he blunders the overhead smash at the net.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 4

The 35 in the world brings the first serve again, Zverev’s return is off to the side and everything stays in line.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 3

But Bublik quickly recovered, served two aces and then received three balls from Zverev because he miserably banged the forehand inside-out.


Zverev – Bublik 4: 3

Zverev wins eight points in a row, gets through his service game without wobbling and gets himself back on track. Bublik lacks access as long as Zverev brings in the first serve. But especially against the second, the Kazakh has to make better use of his chances.


Zverev – Bublik 3: 3

It can go that fast. Under pressure, Bublik misses the backhand cross into the double court and then even wobbles out of the half court with a simple topspin. The felt ball jumps from the edge of the net behind the baseline.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 3

Zverev wants the break back immediately! And he’s on the right track. Bublik doesn’t hit his first serves, Zverev attacks with an aggressive return and forces the Kazakhs to make mistakes.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 3

You can’t play it much better than that! Zverev gives Bublik a breakball with a slight backhand mistake and the Kazakh refines it. With a seamless stop with the forehand inside-out, he forces the German to the net and then sends the backhand winner longline past Zverev into the field.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 2

Zverev also gets the game ball with his forehand through the middle, but Bublik is there against the second serve, gets into the rallies well and simply waddles Zverev’s backhand, which jumps up from the edge of the net, away from the net.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 2

Now Zverev has to get himself out of trouble for the first time, but he serves two strong serves in a row around 0:30 and makes up for the double fault and Bublik’s passing winner before.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 2

But this is excellently played! Bublik comes first to the net and forces Zverev to make a risky forehand pass, which sails out of the back. Then he keeps the rally open himself and pulls his forehand down the line at the right moment.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 1

It’s getting tight for the first time – Bublik knocks out the double fault and Zverev finds a fantastic angle with a forehand cross, forcing the Kazakh to make a mistake in the net. 30 both.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 1

Bublik uses the stop against the deep Zverev for the second time and this time he brings the desired success. The German can still get close, but pushes the counterattack into the side.


Zverev – Bublik 2: 1

Bublik is not yet able to counter the German’s serve, he gets the only point with a double fault. Zverev follows his solid serve well with the forehand and provokes the mistakes of the Kazakh, who then also puts the crucial forehand inside-in in the double field.


Zverev – Bublik 1: 1

The Kazakh brings another serve directly and then carpents the forehand inside-in exactly on the baseline, gets the 1:1.


Zverev – Bublik 1: 0

Bublik is now better on his own serve, first gets the service through the middle for the free point and then follows up on the net with a smash.


Zverev – Bublik 1: 0

Bublik still has big problems with his forehand and misses it twice in a row. Then the Kazakh’s backhand gets stuck in the net and Zverev has his first game.


1 sentence

Zverev starts the match with an ace through the middle!


coin toss

Bublik wins the coin toss, but gives the first serve to the German. Zverev will open in a few minutes.



After all, the Kazakh is actually ahead in the Head-2-Head, because he won the only duel between the two so far a year ago in the opening round in Rotterdam. Bublik won the Alexanders’ first match 7: 5, 6: 3 – just as Zverev has served in Montpellier so far, he is the clear favorite, even apart from his world ranking position.



Alexander Bublik had to cope with a weak start to the season after he was eliminated in the first round in Adelaide in preparation for the Australian Open and didn’t get any further than round two of the Grand Slam – a strong Gael Monfils was too strong for the Kazakh. Accordingly, he also had problems at the start in Montpellier, only just defeated Tallon Griekspoor in two tie-breaks and then had to play against the qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert over three sets. He also needed the full distance against Roberto Bautista Agut, but the 24-year-old was able to beat the Spaniard in the decider in the tie-break. But the racket ran loosely in the semifinals against Filip Krajinovic, in just over an hour Bublik swept him off the court 6: 4, 6: 2. This puts the Kazakh in his fifth final on the ATP Tour – so far he has conceded one in all of them Defeat. Is it finally working with the premiere today?


Zverev II

The way to the final of the third in the world rankings was like a walk. Only in the second set in his opening match against Mackenzie McDonald was Zverev challenged and had to go into the tie-break. In the quarter-finals, he produced a completely hopeless Adrian Mannarino, who stormed furiously into the round of 16 at the Australian Open, in just 51 minutes 6: 1, 6: 0 from the court. Against Swede Mikael Ymer, Zverev needed the equally clear 6: 1:6:3 no longer either. This is his ninth time in a final on an indoor hard court – the German has won seven of the eight so far.


Zverev I

Alexander Zverev was actually aiming for the triumph at the Australian Open as the number 20 anniversary title – but this plan failed, as is well known, in the round of 16 due to Denis Shapovalov. After a short break from skiing, the German spontaneously accepted a wildcard for Montpellier. He has fond memories of this tournament, has a record of 10-1 wins and is aiming for his second title after 2017. After failing in the semi-finals in 2026, he won the trophy against Richard Gasquet the following year and today, five years later, he can crown himself as the title holder for the second time.



The Open Sud de France, which belongs to the ATP World Tour 250 Series, has been taking place in tranquil Pérols, a suburb of Montpellier, since 2010 (with the exception of 2011). Until 2009, the tournament, which has existed since 1987, was held at the Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon as the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon. After changes in the tournament calendar, the event was also moved from autumn to the end of January/beginning of February, making it one of the first tournaments after the Happy Slam. The record winner is Frenchman Richard Gasquet with four titles, followed by compatriot Gael Monfils and the American Pete Sampras with three successes each.



Hello and welcome to the final of the ATP tournament in Montpellier, the Open Sud de France. From 3:00 p.m. Alexander Zverev and Alexander Bublik will play for the title and 250 world ranking points.


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