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Alexander Zverev Joins Elite Company With ATP Finals Defeat Of Djokovic & Federer

Alexander Zverev Joins Elite Company With ATP Finals Defeat Of Djokovic & Federer

Alexander Zverev ascent towards the top of the men's game took a significant stride forward when he followed up the defeat of Roger Federer in the semi-finals with victory over Novak Djokovic in the final.

Alexander Zverev has upset Novak Djokovic to claim the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the ATP Finals.

"Obviously us young guys, we're coming through", he said. Alexander Sr trains both of his sons, with Mischa also in the top 100 of the ATP rankings. He won five. He's won, I don't know what, 148 titles more than me. Let's not go there for now.

'I'm here now. So I'm a little bit disappointed there because I believe I was close. Roger Federer, the previous oldest, was beaten 7-5 7-6 (5) by Zverev in the day's first semi-final.

When Djokovic and Zverev had met in the group phase in London, the Serbian secured a dominant 6-4 6-1 win.

It has still been a great year for Djokovic, who recovered from a slow start to win the US Open and Wimbledon in a wonderful summer. 'Hopefully he can surpass me. The 6 ft 6' German - supermodel looks and movie-star presence - big serve and towering potential, has attitude to match. That Saturday night contest will be a rematch of this year's Wimbledon final, which Djokovic won in straight sets. All around the packed O2 Arena, boos rang out in unison which was compounded by Zverev hitting an ace when the point was replayed.

"From 4-4 in the first set, my game fell apart". But Zverev had other ideas.

Zverev had already won the first set of the match by breaking Federer in the last game of the set and the game had gone into a tie breaker in the second when all hell broke loose.

Zverev defies boo-boys to stun Federer, sets up Djokovic final
Federer unimpressed with Zverev boos

"You deserved to win and well done", Djokovic told Zverev.

The momentum shifted slightly in the next game as Zverev hit loose back-to-back double faults to let Djokovic back in, but he was unaffected, again exerting vast pressure on the Djokovic serve to break for the third time in a row and re-take the lead. "Means so much. I'm incredibly happy and incredibly proud of this moment right now". "I think this is a pretty good stat, especially as he's the best returner we have in the game". A backhand victor on the run drifted past the helpless Djokovic and Zverev sunk to the ground in tears.

"I mean, him on this surface, indoor court, he's an unbelievable player". "You only have so many chances of winning it".

Federer, however, made a decision to side with Zverev on the issue stating that although he understood the crowd's frustration, he has never liked the concept of boos in tennis.

And he said the likes of Djokovic and Federer remained the standard-setters. On account of Isner 10 aces and one mistake on the pitch and one unrealised break point.

"It was a hell of a match", Bryan said.

After pushing Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters final he reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time at Roland Garros.




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