Novak Djokovic will target a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title when he takes on Alexander Zverev in Sunday's showpiece, live on Sky Sports. "I've won one (year-end title)". Let's not go there for now. "I hope I'll be able to do that tomorrow".
Alexander Zverev of Germany plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland in their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018.
Djokovic's serve hadn't been broken all tournament until the final.
Zverev took his opportunity in emphatic fashion - blasting down three consecutive aces then winning the set when another Djokovic forehand flew long.
With a tour-leading 58 match wins this year, he's starting to find some consistency too, and it's no surprise that Djokovic has predicted that the German could even beat his career achievements - which now include 14 Grand Slam titles. "Hopefully he (Zverev) can surpass me".
He is a curious 21-year-old, he walks through life with an open mind and an open perspective.
The eventual tie-break went with serve until the 10th point, when Federer netted to hand Zverev a mini-break - an advantage he did not squander.
"Obviously the crowd didn't appreciate it, which I was a little bit upset - not upset, but I was a little bit sad at the end with the booing and reaction of the crowd", said Zverev.
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.More news: Microsoft turns off ads in Windows 10 email app
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The new champion fell to the floor in jubilation and was warmly congratulated on court by Djokovic, who later said: "I'm really happy for him". The victory for (Stefanos) Tsitsipas in Toronto, I felt like Novak wasn't playing his best there, but obviously all the credit to Tsitsipas.
From there he remained solid on serve, before ending with a flourish.
This breakthrough win meant he became just the fourth player to beat Federer in a semifinal and Djokovic in a final in the same tournament. "You only have so many chances of winning it".
"Sascha [Zverev] definitely played much better than he did in the group stage".
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.
And he said the likes of Djokovic and Federer remained the standard-setters. I'm not going to lie. Federer won just one point after that as Zverev wrapped up the match.
That win was itself a huge scalp for a player that has never gone beyond the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam, but here he went one better. "This could be our last hoorah because Bob's training back in Florida".
"It was a hell of a match", Bryan said. He won four times with his usual partner - and brother - Bob, who has been out with an injured hip since May.
"It's been a hell of a ride", Bryan said.