Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Zverev shocks Djokovic to win ATP Finals

Zverev shocks Djokovic to win ATP Finals

Of course, finishing the year as No. 1, that was the goal coming into the indoor season.

"I really can't describe it".

"I played very well in the group stage against Sascha (Zverev)", Djokovic said. He was a top junior player, progressed to the professional tour, and in the last two years has really stepped up his game, achieving his best-ever Grand Slam result so far this year, reaching the quarter-final of the French Open. Obviously today was not a great day for us, but if we put things in perspective it was an wonderful year, a great comeback and thank you guys for helping me to get to where I am.

Zverev then puts the trophy back on the stand and jokes: "I am going to cramp in a second!"

Zverev said the loss to Djokovic had prompted a different approach, following a discussion with coach Ivan Lendl - the eight-times Grand Slam champion who helped Britain's Murray to multiple major titles. You don't need to apologise to me here.

I wasn't entirely convinced that Djokovic should be as short-priced as he was, pre-tournament, but the Serb hasn't dropped a set in the entire event, and it is understandable why he has such market support. "I mean I won one of those, he won five", he told a news conference.

"Speaking of being young, hopefully I'll play many more years and I'll see you guys here in years to come". It was a very happy moment for me that I won the match.

"I wasn't happy that he beat me, but I was happy for the victory that he had because I'm quite good friends with him".

"I won't let that get in my head, make me go insane, because it should be something I'm excited about and not something I should feel extra pressure".

'That took a lot out of me.

But the 31-year-old Serbian may just have run out of steam a little following an incredible run of form over the last six months.

Zverev was booed on court yesterday during his match over Roger Federer but got a great reception today on his way to victory.

The 21 year-old German - latest coaching project of the gnarled old Czech - came up with the ideal response when produced a remarkably authoritative display to see off Novak Djokovic and win the Nitto ATP Finals at a packed 02 Arena.

Novak Djokovic defended Alexander Zverev after the German was booed following a controversial incident during his win over Roger Federer at the ATP Finals. The story line is the route to the finals by Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev of Germany.

Zverev was so good in the first set - serving consistently at over 140mph - that Djokovic looked punch drunk in the second.

The pair met for only the third time earlier this week when Djokovic saved a break point in a tight first set on the way to a straight-sets victory.

The German was in splendid form as he defeated the world No. 1 6-4 6-3 to end 2018 on a high and to become the youngest victor of this tournament since Djokovic himself back in 2008.

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