Alex Zverev made the big battle at the end of the tennis season. German showed the reference information to fight for the world's best ranking and finished clearly in the final of the London Masters the best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, who until this Sunday had not lost any set or had suffered disruptions in the tournament.
He was 6-4 and 6-3 for 21-year-old, received by Maestro with a big demonstration and took revenge of the fall in the group phase against the same opponent. For Zverev, who has still not used enough to abolish the elite from the world rankings, is undoubtedly the best title of his short and very promising career.
The development of the final was also in the first chapter. Djokovic played unexpectedly with his favor, which had not resulted so far in the whole tournament. Although number 5 of the ranking – will be fourth from Monday, Juan Martin Del Potro – could not exploit his opportunities.
Until the tenth game came, Zverev finally took advantage of its breakthrough. With his service he closed without great difficulty and finished the chapter thanks to a Nole right that was lost for a long time. The first advantage was German.
As if that was not enough, Zverev did not let Djokovic settle in the beginning of the second set. And already in the first game he managed to break him at his second breakpoint. Gloss and surprise were closer.
But there is no sport like tennis to show the huge role that nerves can play in an athlete. And suddenly Zverev, who played the perfect game, failed to fail. Three consecutive errors – including a double error – left him 15-40 down, and then gave the service to revive the number one.
Was Djokovic coming again? Not now. For when he could go to victory, he left his service, which went from being impossible to break before the game into a group of uncertainties. Zverev had the floor again.
And the German gave almost no recessions to a recovery of his rival who seemed tired of the intense movement at the end of the season – something that had already given signs with his surprising fall in the final of the Masters 1000 in Paris against Russian Karen Khachanov.
Zverev, excited about the O2 Arena after the victory. (Photo: Reuters)
Zverev maintained the good rhythm of his serving and in the ninth game he ended to finish the task with a new break, the fourth of the match over Nola's service, to seal the last 6-3.
German had already checked fourth place in the ranking of Juan Martin Del Potro and now very close to Roger Federer, the third who hit Saturday.
the Little prince He is also the youngest player to reach the end of the season-winning tournament since 2009 – and now he is the youngest champion in the tournament since Djokovic was crowned 2008- and the first German to achieve it since 1996.