5 things you may not know about Alexander Zverev

5 things you may not know about Alexander Zverev

Serbia's Novak Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 in his final group stage match at the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Finals and heads into the weekend as the clear favourite to win a record-tying sixth title.

"I was really upset afterwards in the locker room, I'm not going to lie".

Zverev took his opportunity in emphatic fashion - blasting down three consecutive aces then winning the set when another Djokovic forehand flew long. "I mean I won one of those, he won five", he told a news conference.

Alexander Zverev ascent towards the top of the men's game took a significant stride forward when he followed up the defeat of Roger Federer in the semi-finals with victory over Novak Djokovic in the final. "It is the biggest title I have ever won". Lendl, a former world number one and eight-time grand slam champion, proved an astute coach to Andy Murray.

Djokovic, whose error-strewn display was a shock after a dominant week in southeast London which included an easy round-robin win over Zverev, sportingly walked around the net to congratulate his conqueror after match point - the German still laying on his back in a state of disbelief. "I hope I can do great. but just chill out a little bit". "I was more aggressive today", Zverev, who will end the year ranked fourth in the ATP rankings, said.

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The Serbian top seed, 31, came into the match seeking to equal Federer's record of six ATP Finals wins but was immediately aware he had a fight on his hands at London's O2 Arena.

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.

The 21-year-old German, leading the charge of the new generation against the old guard, is now just one win away from the biggest title of his career but the Swiss must wait for a tilt at his 100th tournament victory.

So much so Djokovic was broken again twice at the start of the second set, although a jittery service game in between from Zverev kept him in touch.

"But finishing the year at my career-best ranking means there's been a lot of positives". Hopefully, he can surpass me.

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Already considered amongst the world's most highly thought of young players, Alexander Zverev has only made it as far as the quarter-final stages in any of the major events thus far; achieving this feat at the 2018 French Open.

"He deserved to win, he's still quite young but he's had an unbelievable career so far and I wish him all the best for his future".

"I must tell you I'm very proud that at 37 I'm still so competitive and so happy playing tennis". "I think this is a pretty good stat, especially as he's the best returner we have in the game".

Djokovic, victor of 35 of his last 37 matches during a dominant second half of the year which propelled him back to world number one, had not dropped serve all week and had faced only two break points in his four previous matches. If we put things in perspective, it was an incredible year, a great comeback so thanks for helping me get to where I am.

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