Djokovic Sets up ATP Finals Title Clash With Zverev Anderson

Djokovic Sets up ATP Finals Title Clash With Zverev Anderson

Djokovic Sets up ATP Finals Title Clash With Zverev Anderson

Alexander Zverev underlined his burgeoning potential by defeating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in successive days to clinch the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals.

Zverev won the point with an ace and nudged into a 5-4 lead before Federer inexplicably netted with a simple forehand volley to hand the German two set points, the second of which he took on his own serve. "If you keep maintaining the level what you play, I think that's the main reason why these matches actually I won". Let's not go there for now. Today wasn't a great day for us but if we put things into perspective it was an awesome year, an incredible comeback'.

You deserved to win.

In the semi-Final of the tournament, Djokovic met with Kevin Anderson.

Zverev said the loss to Djokovic had prompted a different approach, following a discussion with coach Ivan Lendl - the eight-times Grand Slam champion who helped Britain's Murray to multiple major titles. "Hopefully he (Zverev) can surpass me".

He had been imperious up to that point, beating Zverev in straight sets during the group stage, but admitted his opponent's improvement had been crucial. I'm very thankful you lost one to me today.

Fans gave Zverev a huge ovation as he stepped up to serve for the set, and it appeared to inspire him.

Zverev took his opportunity in emphatic fashion - blasting down three consecutive aces then winning the set when another Djokovic forehand flew long.

"I was making way too many unforced errors", Djokovic said.

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He held his serve easily - regularly hitting serves up to 140mph and finding the target with a high first-serve percentage - and made Novak start to worry.

"He's been playing some really good tennis, very solid from back of the court, very strong and great serve", said Djokovic.

With the biggest win of his career in sight, Zverev began to show some nerves.

Federer said the ballboy had confirmed to him that he had dropped the ball.

"First of all I want to apologise for the situation in the tie-break", said the German.

From there he remained solid on serve, before ending with a flourish.

He struck 20 winners to Djokovic's seven - the last of which was a backhand to end a one hour and 19 minute duel. "I'm very sorry that this happened I didn't mean to upset anybody - that's all I can say, sorry".

That is still the test next year but on Sunday he displayed an added sense of maturity, to go with the natural flair and easy power that have marked him out as a future number one.

Djokovic sportingly crossed the net to embrace the player who will now be considered among the favourites in Australia in two months' time to end the Serb's run of two consecutive Grand Slam victories.

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