Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic in ATP Finals

AFP | Alexander Zverev celebrates with the trophy after beating Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals

Federer needs one more title to make it a century of career singles tournament wins, but with Zverev finishing the year strongly and Djokovic in irresistible form, he knows it will be a tough ask at the O2 Arena. The Serb had already dealt with some illness at the Paris Masters where he lost to Karen Khachanov in the final. 'Health-wise I haven't been really ideal in the last three, four weeks', Djokovic admitted.

Zverev curled a superb running forehand pass down the line to get to 0-30 on the Federer serve and was then gifted two points and the set as the second seed's forehand malfunctioned. "I've won one (year-end title)".

Switzerland had to win by a two-goal margin against Belgium to progress to the Nations League semi-finals, a prospect that seemed impossible after they went two goals down early in the game. "It is the last match of the year for both of us so let the better player win".

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Against world number one Djokovic, however, the 18,000 fans wedged into the cavernous O2 arena were roaring their support as he produced a level of tennis his opponent could not match.

Zverev, younger brother of Tour pro, Mischa, and now coached by eight-times major champion Ivan Lendl, is yet to go past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.

Victory meant Zverev, who has also won titles in Washington, Madrid and Munich this season, will finish in the top four of the world rankings for a second straight year. "I hope I can do great. but just chill out a little bit". Really, as I said before many times, I kind of also expect myself to do very well.

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Federer willed himself to a break for 2-1 in the second set, but Zverev quickly composed himself to hit straight back in the following game.

Should he win against the 21-year-old Zverev, who he beat convincingly in the round-robin stage here, the 31-year-old Djokovic will become the oldest player to claim the title.

"This is the biggest title of my career so far, this trophy means a lot, everything, to all the players". A 26-shot duel brought up another break point in the opening game of the second set and, although Djokovic saved it, Zverev won another lengthy exchange moments later with a forehand victor to go 1-0 up. "I didn't understand a word you were saying but it's not important". 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". "I am incredibly happy and incredibly proud of this moment right now", he added. Hopefully, he can surpass me.

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"He obviously analysed the match that I played with him a few days ago, told me a few things I had to do different". He's still quite young but he's had an wonderful career so far and I wish him all the best for his future. If we put things in perspective, it was an awesome year, a great comeback so thanks for helping me get to where I am.

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