Zverev beats Djokovic to win ATP Finals title

Germany's Alexander Zverev and Serbia's Novak Djokovic with their trophies after the men's singles final match of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov 18 2018

But the 21-year-old stood up to it.

To bring out such a dominant display against the world number one to secure a title in straight sets the very next day shows that Zverev does have everything he needs to stay at the top of tennis for years to come. He lost his serve in the first game which was big because he relies so much on his serve. Zverev did it once in the first set and three times in the second, completing the victory with a spectacular backhand victor up the line.

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Zverev stopped mid-rally during a second-set tie-break when a ball boy in his eyeline dropped a ball with Federer leading 4-3. In the eighth game Zverev made the break and filed for his first career semi-finals of the Final tournament.

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.

What is frightening for Djokovic's rivals is that - Sunday's surprise defeat aside - he appears to be getting better.

"He had big serves".

"I've had most success in my career in Australia", said Djokovic, who has won six times in Melbourne. "From 4-4 in the first set, my game really fell apart". Today wasn't a great day for us but if we put things into perspective it was an wonderful year, an incredible comeback'.

Now he has to do this consistently in five-set matches at the Grand Slams.

Indeed it was not too long before the world number one had that 'why don't they love me more?' look about him as the German did not buckle.

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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.

"Looking forward to that process". Djokovic has dominated the second half of the season, but the only three players to have beaten him since the beginning of Wimbledon are no more than 22 years old.

His two convincing wins over first John Isner and then Alexander Zverev ensured he was into his eighth semi-final at the season finale and still in the frame to win a record-equalling sixth title.

'There's a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory in terms of our careers.,' observed Djokovic later. "Hopefully I can keep that going". I mean, my year-end ranking is the best.

"I was a little bit sad at the end with the booing and reaction of the crowd", he said. I appreciate you letting me win one today'. I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible.

Chants of "Let's Go Roger, Let's Go" reverberated around the arena as the second-set tiebreak began but Zverev shut out the noise to prevail.

Nevertheless, at 5-3 Djokovic had the chance to test his raw opponent's nerve further by forcing him to serve out for the title, but Zverev had other ideas.

At 21, the German is the youngest semifinalist since 2009 and the first German since 2003. "(Karen) Khachanov winning the Masters in Paris was a big thing.

"I'm very pleased I'm able to play at a high level consistently week after week for the last six months", said Djokovic. "I'm incredibly happy and incredibly proud of this moment right now", he added.

"He's been playing some really good tennis, very solid from back of the court, very strong and great serve", said Djokovic. "We've still got multiple years for all of us ahead". A lot of things can happen.

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