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Latest ATP Rankings 19 November 2018 - Alexander Zverev rises into top four after winning biggest career title at ATP Finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 18 Nov 2018
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Zverev climbs ahead of Juan Martin del Potro to No. 4 after ATP Finals triumph
  • Djokovic finishes 2018 as No. 1 despite defeat
Alexander Zverev (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev has finished the year inside the top four for the second straight season after winning the biggest title of his career at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals in London on Sunday night.

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The 21-year-old became the youngest Nitto ATP Finals champion in a decade after conquering World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets in a jaw-dropping performance. All signs pointed to a Djokovic triumph, with the Serbian winning all four of his matches in straight sets this week, along with winning 35 of his last 37 matches since the start of Wimbledon. But Zverev produced one of the best displays of his career to subdue the five-time champion by a 6-4 6-3 scoreline, sealing the match with a tremendous backhand pass down the line.

"This is the biggest title of my career so far. This trophy means a lot, everything, to all the players. I mean, you only have so many chances of winning it. You play against the best players only," Zverev said. "How I played today, how I won it, for me it's just amazing."

The youngest player since Djokovic in 2008 to lift the season-ending trophy, Zverev is also the first German since Boris Becker in 1995 to take home the ATP Finals silverware.

Alexander Zverev reacts after winning the ATP Finals (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
After making his debut appearance at the O2 last year, failing to make it out of the group stage, Zverev toppled Roger Federer and Djokovic back-to-back to win the title - the first time someone has achieved that feat at the same ATP Finals tournament. Furthermore, Zverev is the first player to defeat the top two seeds in the semi-finals and final of the ATP Finals since Andre Agassi in 1990.

"It's quite astonishing, winning this title, beating two such players back-to-back, Roger and Novak, in semi-finals and final," Zverev said. "It means so much. I'm incredibly happy and incredibly proud of this moment right now."

Zverev picks up $2,509,000 and 1,300 ATP ranking points for his victory in London, lifting him one spot above the injured Juan Martin del Potro in the latest ATP rankings to No. 4 in the world - the same mark he finished 2017.

The German was full of praise for Djokovic during the presentation ceremony, joking that it was nice of the Serbian to ‘let him win the title’.

"I'd like to congratulate Novak on a great week and the second half of the season. You've barely lost a match and I'm actually very thankful you lost to me today," Zverev said. "We've played twice this week. Everyone knows how good of a tennis player you are, but I want to mention how good of a person you are. We've had a lot of good talks on life. I appreciate you letting me win the title today."

Despite the disappointment of losing the final, Djokovic still put together an extraordinary back-half of the season, highlighted by two more major triumphs at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and a pair of Masters 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai, the former victory completing his set of all nine Masters 1000 trophies. Djokovic also became the first man in history to fall outside the top 20 and finish the same season as No. 1.

Zverev climbing above del Potro was the only change at the top of the rankings, with the 21-year-old now just 35 points behind No. 3 Federer. Rafael Nadal, who effectively shut down his season after retiring in the U.S. Opens semi-finals in September, finishes 2018 as No. 2, with del Potro rounding out the top five.

Elsewhere, there were notable movements towards the lower end of the top 100 as the tour continues on the Challenger circuit, with giant young American player Reilly Opelka making his top 100 debut after winning the Champaign Challenger, rising 18 places as a result and almost certainly securing a main draw place at the Australian Open at No. 98. It was also a big week for Marrakech champion Pablo Andujar, who won the Buenos Aires Challenger to move up 17 spots to No. 82. Andujar was ranked No. 1,821 in February after missing most of the last two years with elbow injuries.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday November 19


1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Roger Federer
4. Alexander Zverev (+1)
5. Juan Martin del Potro (-1)
6. Kevin Anderson
7. Marin Cilic
8. Dominic Thiem
9. Kei Nishikori
10. John Isner
11. Karen Khachanov
12. Borna Coric
13. Fabio Fognini
14. Kyle Edmund
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas
16. Daniil Medvedev
17. Diego Schwartzman
18. Milos Raonic
19. Grigor Dimitrov
20. Marco Cecchinato

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Latest ATP Rankings 19 November 2018 - Alexander Zverev rises into top four after winning biggest career title at ATP Finals

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