Zverev stuns Djokovic to win ATP Finals

Published by Reuters

Alexander Zverev celebrates his triumph at the ATP Finals - the biggest title of his young career (Getty Images)
Alexander Zverev claims the biggest title of his career with a straight-sets dismissal of the in-form Novak Djokovic in London.

An inspired Alexander Zverev on Sunday beat world No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the ATP Finals, the biggest title of the German’s fledgling career.

The 21-year-old broke serve once in the opening set and three times in the second to pull off a shock victory in a packed 02 Arena, denying the Serb a record-equalling sixth title at the ATP’s blue-riband event.

Djokovic was a firm favourite having looked unbeatable all week, not dropping a set or even a service game, but 24 hours after being booed following a semifinal win over Roger Federer, Zverev had the crowd drooling over an audacious display.

Zverev is the first German to win the title since Boris Becker in Frankfurt in 1995 and the youngest since Djokovic won at the same age in Shanghai in 2008.

He is also the first player to ever beat both Djokovic and Federer at the same edition of the ATP Finals, and first to beat the top two seeds in the semifinals and finals of the event since Andre Agassi did so in 1990.

Alexander Zverev’s titles

ATP Finals ATP Finals (2018)
Masters 1000 Madrid (2018); Rome, Montreal (2017)
500 Washington DC (2018, 2017)
250 Munich (2018, 2017); Montpellier (2017); St Petersburg (2016)

“I really can’t describe it. It’s the biggest title I’ve won in my career,” said Zverev.

“Novak has been incredible and he’s barely lost a match but I’m glad you lost one to me today.”

Djokovic had beaten Zverev comfortably in the round-robin phase on Wednesday, but he looked edgy.

FEATURE: the latest in the tennis coaching carousel

At 4-4 in the opener, a couple of poor Djokovic forehands gave Zverev the chance to serve for the set and he sealed it, thanks to three consecutive aces.

An increasingly ragged Djokovic then dropped his opening two service games of the second set, either side of breaking Zverev for the first time.

With victory looming, world No.5 Zverev showed no sign of nerves and clinched the title when he sent a backhand winner past a stunned Djokovic to claim the win in one hour 20 minutes.

He collapsed on to his back before Djokovic sportingly walked around to the other side to congratulate him.

Earlier, American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7 6-1 [13-11] for their first ATP Finals doubles title together.

Having failed to take advantage of five championship points during the first-to-10 match tiebreaker, Bryan and Sock then had to save one against their French opponents before finally closing out victory.

Share this: 
  • Most popular articles

1 December 2018

Who are France and Croatia’s GOAT?

Two countries with a rich history of tennis. Two countries with amazing male and female te... More

8 November 2018

Rankings: WTA movers and shakers of 2018

The WTA season in 2018 was one of contrasting rankings fortunes for players. On one hand t... More

2 December 2018

The top 10 in 2019: a tweet-length preview

Need a preview of season 2019 but short on time? We've got you covered.ATP preview1. Novak... More

22 November 2018

Who’s going to be the next new Grand Slam champ?

For men's tennis, it's an age old question. For the women it's a little bit different but,... More