Angry crowd boo Alexander Zverev off court at ATP Finals

Angry crowd boo Alexander Zverev off court at ATP Finals

Angry crowd boo Alexander Zverev off court at ATP Finals

With the Sunday victory over Serbia's Djokovic, who has 14 Grand-Slam titles to his credit, Zverev will climb to fourth in the year-end rankings.

This time the world number five didn't let it slip away, and showed no signs of nerves as he held on to complete a memorable 6-4 6-3 victory, sealing it with a fine backhand victor and collapsing to the ground in delight.

Alexander Zverev showed his class on and off the court after defeating Novak Djokovic by lauding the world number one's remarkable year.

"I think on the moral side, you can't really say anything about Zverev because it did really happen and he's not someone that cheats". Zverev won the first in the final of the 2017 Italian Open in Rome, 6/4, 6/3, while Djokovic won the second in the final of the 2018 Shanghai Masters 6/2, 6/1. In the semifinal, he continued his dominance of Kevin Anderson with a quick 6/2, 6/2 victory, keeping him fresh for the title match.

"I played very well in the group stage against Sascha (Zverev)", Djokovic said. He's shown some great skill on the court the last couple of years.

Zverev, 21, is the youngest player to reach the final of the season-ending event since 2009 and the first from Germany since 1996.

Djokovic was expected to finish a spectacular season, where he won two Grand Slams, in style this week. All around the packed O2 Arena, boos rang out in unison which was compounded by Zverev hitting an ace when the point was replayed.

Angry crowd boo Alexander Zverev off court at ATP Finals
Angry crowd boo Alexander Zverev off court at ATP Finals

Zverev said a crop of top young players was on the march, desperate to end the stranglehold on the sport exerted by Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in recent years. "(I) Wish him to stay healthy and obviously win a lot of titles".

Becker believes that the ATP Finals could be a turning point for the 21-year-old - who has never been past the quarter-finals in a major - after stringing together an impressive run of victories to clinch the title. "Novak has been incredible and he's barely lost a match, but I'm glad you lost one to me today".

Often it is a small margin and when you have someone on the sideline who has been there it has a big effect.

The biggest week of Zverev's career comes only a few months after adding Ivan Lendl to his coaching team.

He started the year with a career-best 17 straight wins, winning in Melbourne and Rotterdam before losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the final at Indian Wells.

To come back after a hard start to the year and an injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open this year, and become the dominant player in the second half of the year, speaks volumes for his mentality and love for the game. But still I have a lot of things to improve.

I think the time he had off earlier in the year rejuvenated him and made him realise how lovely tennis is and how much he still has to give.




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