Written by Michael Gillett (@MichaelBG1212)
Alexander Zverev shocked the tennis world beating Novak Djokovic at the season ending ATP World Tour Finals.
After losing a one-sided 6-4 6-1 affair to him in the round robin stage of the tournament, the 21-year-old German was able to turn the tides and beat the world number one Djokovic at the second time of asking.
Branded as one of the best young players on the tour, Zverev was able to break Djokovic’s serve in the late stages of set number one, taking it 6-4.
A bright start saw Zverev take early control of the second set 1-0 up with a break, but a quick response from Djokovic saw the set levelled.
However immediately the man from Hamburg broke the Serbian’s serve for a third time in a row, taking a 2-1 lead. Before this final Djokovic had not lost his serve all week.
The youngster was then able to keep on serve until the last game, when he found himself with two championship points on Djokovic’s serve.
After losing the first, Zverev hit a fantastic down-the-line backhand which Novak left, thinking it was bound for the double’s lines.
Instead the ball bounce inside the singles line and the German fell to the floor in disbelief at his achievement.
In his straight-set semi-final victory against Federer on Saturday, Zverev had been booed by a disrespectful section of the crowd. This was after he asked a point to be replayed when a ball-boy dropped a ball during a rally which Federer won.
The crowd however were on his side today with loud cheers of congratulations.
Djokovic jumped over the net to congratulate the current world-number-five, who had just achieved something he himself has achieved on five occasions.
It is however two successive final defeats here for Wimbledon champion, after his defeat to Andy Murray in 2016.
Zverev however becomes the first German to lift the trophy since Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker, who beat America’s Michael Chang in the 1995 final.