Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

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 landed the biggest win of his career by shocking Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals on Sunday.

In the semi-Final of the tournament, Djokovic will play against Kevin Anderson, and Zverev will meet with Roger Federer.

I think the time he had off earlier in the year rejuvenated him and made him realise how attractive tennis is and how much he still has to give. He won four times with his usual partner - and brother - Bob, who has been out with an injured hip since May.

British fans had yet to see the best of Zverev, who despite being seeded fourth at Wimbledon this year bowed out in the third round to Ernests Gulbis. "I aced him after that, so that probably didn't help the situation".

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"I was really upset afterwards in the locker room, I'm not going to lie. How I played today, how I won it, for me, it is just unbelievable", Zverev said after the victory.

For years we have been saying tennis needs new faces and strong new players - and he has proved he is the best of the next generation.

In press conference at the ATP Finals after his loss to Alexander Zverev Novak Djokovic admitted he was not at his best in the final match and overall the tournament. We have had so many talks, not only about tennis but all different types of subjects.

Turning to Djokovic, he said: "I want to congratulate you for the second half of this year".

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But the former champion was unable to wrestle control from the powerful Zverev, who held serve well and then took advantage of a exhausted Djokovic service game, finishing off with a magnificent backhand victor down the line.

With his win, Zverev became the first German since Boris Becker in 1996 to reach the decider at the season finale.

As has been commonplace in the tournament, yesterday's action in London saw two straight-set victories, of rather differing natures.

"I was making way too many unforced errors", Djokovic said.

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Novak Djokovic has produced an wonderful gesture for the man who's been driving him around London for the ATP Finals. I'm quite disappointed with my game. "Novak has been incredible and he's barely lost a match, but I'm glad you lost one to me today". Obviously you could see how much it means to him.

An Andrej Kramaric strike just before the hour looked like leading to an ominous repeat of that fateful match at the Luzhniki Stadium last July, but a Jesse Lingard strike 12 minutes from time brought English heads up again before Kane capped the win, sending Croatia down to the second tier of the league next season. "I feel like I'm doing that", Zverev said.

"But I have to be happy with that result".

Djokovic slipped to an unaccustomed low of 22nd in the world earlier this year but has lost just three matches since the beginning of Wimbledon as he charged back up the rankings. I managed to achieve that. "There's many positives. So I'm excited for next season".

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