In London, it’s a second change of guards as Zverev beats Djokovic

In London, it’s a second change of guards as Zverev beats Djokovic

Alexander Zverev chats to Novak Djokovic as they pose with their trophies after the men's singles final match on day eight of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on 18 November 2018.

"I really can't describe it". The end of the match was overshadowed by an unusual incident, Zverev stopping a rally with Federer leading 4-3 in the second-set tie-break after a ballboy dropped a ball, forcing the point to be replayed.

"But, you know, I hope the crowd and the people who were booing maybe look at what actually happened, maybe just realise that I've maybe not done anything wrong". If we assume that Nole meets Sascha in the finals though, the young German does have a 1-2 record against the world number one.

But so far he has flattered to deceive at the majors - with a run to the quarter-finals at this year's French Open the only time he has made it past the fourth round of any of the four Slams.

"How I played today, how I won it, for me it's just fantastic".

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




Despite Djokovic cruising to the final - he hadn't even dropped serve en route to Sunday's match - the young German had other plans after dumping out six-time victor Roger Federer earlier.

Zverev broke Djokovic for the third time in the second set in the ninth game, producing a stunning backhand down the line at full stretch to win the championship.

Djokovic, 31, was the heavy favourite to win a sixth finals title but was outclassed 6-4 6-3 by the German.

But Zverev pounced in the penultimate game of the first set to break Djokovic, and kept his cool to serve three aces on his way to the first set, which he won 6-4 to raise the London crowd's expectations of witnessing a surprise.

Later, Djokovic told reporters: "There's a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory of professional tennis, in our careers". It's all good from my side.' Asked if as ball boy he never lost the ball, Federer - who covered this role for two years as the Swiss Indoors in Basel - replied: 'I don't remember.

With both players going toe-to-toe from the back of the court, the first set went with serve until the ninth game, when Djokovic dumped a forehand into the net to concede the break. Zverev's affinity for other dogs has been shown on his social channels, referring to one at the Boodles event in June as "my new second best friend". "Hopefully he (Zverev) can surpass me". But the giant South African landed just 48 percent of first serves in the first set and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing his opponent, breaking in the first game and repeating the feat before serving out for the set. "(I) Wish him to stay healthy and obviously win a lot of titles". "I feel like I'm doing that", Zverev said. "I am incredibly happy and incredibly proud of this moment right now", he added.

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