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Alexander Zverev Clinches ATP Title After Stunning Defeat Versus Novak Djokovic

Germany’s Alexander Zverev sealed a surprise win at The O2 Arena in London after a stunning victory versus in-form Novak Djokovic this week.

Zverev made it to the final after a controversial semi versus Roger Federer

Going by the scores 7-5 7-6(5), it was a clear victory for Alexander Zverev. The match got heated during the second tiebreak when the 21-year-old stopped in the midst of a round because a ball slipped into his line of vision from a ball boy. Some of Roger Federer’s fans at the stadium booed at Zverve for his move. The 37-year-old Tennis icon defended the hatred, saying “He didn’t do anything about it. He just called it how it was. He felt it affected play. There is a rule that if something like this happens, obviously you replay points.”

ATP Final upset

It has been a roller coaster ride of unexpected wins for Alexander Zverev, who never made it beyond the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. His ATP Final victory makes him the youngest player to win the prestigious title and interestingly, the fourth player ever to defeat Roger Federer in the semi-final and Novak Djokovic in the final of the same tournament. The only other players with this record have been Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and David Nalbandian.

Novak Djokovic’s form unparalleled until final

Meanwhile, the Serbian finalist showed stupendous form throughout the round-robin format and in the semi-final, defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2. However, he failed to replicate his form in the final. The 31-year old tennis ace was eyeing his sixth ATP title, which would tie him with Roger Federer for the most ATP titles. He acknowledged Zverev’s form in the presentation ceremony, saying he “deserved to win.”