Alexander Zverev charms crowd after beating Novak Djokovic

Alexander Zverev- Why Alexander Zverev could be the superstar men's tennis needs to succeed the game's 'big four'

Alexander Zverev- Why Alexander Zverev could be the superstar men's tennis needs to succeed the game's 'big four'

Alexander Zverev stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the season-ending ATP Finals and earn the biggest victory of his career.

The South African's season ended on a low note when he was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by world No 1 Novak Djokovic at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night.

Beating his idol Federer for a third time was perhaps not that much of a shock, but having the confidence to stop a rally in the second-set tie-break due to a loose tennis ball in his eyeline was noteworthy.

Federer looked bemused but after Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes checked with the young lad, who verified Zverev's complaint, the point was replayed.

My model has Djokovic at [1.25], which is similar to that group match, and Zverev at [5.00], making the [6.60] about the German some slight value.

"I want to apologise for the situation in the tie-break", Zverev told the crowd.

The world number one eased past Kevin Anderson in yesterday's evening match, for the loss of just four games, winning a whopping 63% of points in the match in a dominant display, and is priced at just [1.17] to be lifting the trophy tonight.

"I'm a little bit upset about the whole situation because this is not how I wanted it to end".

The Serb then won the Cincinnati Masters for the first time to become the first singles player to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 titles and he maintained his form with a determined display at Flushing Meadows to secure back-to-back major titles.

Djokovic, 31, was the heavy favourite to win a sixth finals title but was outclassed 6-4 6-3 by the German.

Victory against Djokovic at the O2 Arena would surely go down as his biggest triumph. "I was like, 'Buddy, shut up". "Novak has been incredible and he's barely lost a match, but I'm glad you lost one to me today".

Matt Wallace shoots 65 to lead at halfway stage
After making birdie at the seventh and eighth holes, Wallace made a 20-foot par putt at the ninth. I just haven't capitalised on those chances. "I think you kind of know when your time's up".

As with Djokovic, it was an indifferent start to the campaign for the German, including a first-round defeat at Indian Wells but he responded with a run to the final at Miami.

Two double faults and two backhand errors gifted Djokovic an immediate break back, but Zverev quickly refocused to win a 28-shot rally on his way to breaking in the following game.

Zverev overcame the freak interruption to establish a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker, and Federer netted the simplest of forehand volleys to bring up match point.

"Overall, I'm happy how the season went", said Federer, who picked up his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. "There's many positives. So I'm excited for next season". I also have high hopes to always do well.

"I'm not questioning Sascha's sportsmanship in any way", he said. I think it's unfortunate that this happened.

"It was the best match I've played so far this week", Djokovic said.

Told that Djokovic had predicted he could surpass his own achievements, including 14 Grand Slam titles, Zverev was quick to urge some perspective.

The victory extended Djokovic's record to 35-2 since the start of Wimbledon, a tournament he began ranked 21st after a right elbow injury interrupted his first half of the season.

"It's remarkable what he's done since Wimbledon", Anderson said.

Tennis is an emotional game for both fans and players alike and it tends to flow out when a game is tight.

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