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Zverev reflects on ATP Finals title: 'It's quite astonishing really'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Nov 2018
  • Zverev shocks Djokovic in straight sets to win maiden ATP Finals title
  • We outline the best quotes and stats from the final
Alexander Zverev (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev produced one of the best performances of his life to shock World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and capture the biggest title of his career at the Nitto ATP Finals - read on below as we outline the best quotes from the pair post-match and mull over some of the more eye-catching stats!

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Coming into the season-ending showdown inside London’s iconic O2 Arena, all signs pointed to a Djokovic victory. The Serbian had won 35 of his last 37 matches since the start of Wimbledon, collecting four titles (two slams and two Masters) and returning to World No. 1 with a bullet. He was also serving out of a tree in London this week and had advanced into the final without relinquishing a set, including beating Zverev for the loss of just five games during the round robin stage.

But Zverev didn’t read the script, backing up his sensational straight sets dispatch of Roger Federer in the semi-finals by conquering Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to lift the season-ending silverware for the first time.

Zverev on winning the ATP Finals title:

"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. How I played today, how I won it, for me it's just amazing."

Zverev on beating Federer and Djokovic back-to-back:

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

How Zverev put together his winning performance:

"I wasn't trying to overthink it. I just tried to go out there and enjoy the match as much as I can, enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy the moment. That's what I did. My serve has been working well the whole week. I had a lot of confidence in it. It all worked out well."

The 21-year-old praising Djokovic during the on-court presentation ceremony:

"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."

On comparisons with Djokovic, who also won his first ATP Finals title at 21 in 2008:

“Oh my God. He’s won five. He’s won, I don’t know what, 148 titles more than me. Let’s not go there for now. I hope I can do great … but just chill out a little bit.”

And finally, Zverev on his team:

"I'd like to thank my Dad, who has coached me all my life. He won't stop crying until next year, probably. Thanks Ivan [Lendl] for joining the team. I think it's working out for now!"

Meanwhile, Djokovic fell just short of securing a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title, losing just his third match since the start of July.

Interestingly, all three of those defeats have come to players aged 22 or younger, with Djokovic falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Canada and Karen Khachanov in Paris before Sunday’s loss to Zverev. Regardless, Djokovic was the undisputed best player in the world during the last six months of 2018, becoming the first player in history to fall outside the top 20 and finish the same season as No. 1.

Djokovic, always gracious in defeat, was full of praise for Zverev after the match:

"There's a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory of professional tennis, in our careers. Hopefully he can surpass me. I sincerely wish him that. He seems like someone that is very dedicated. Without a doubt, he's a really nice person, someone that gets along very well with everyone.
"He deserves everything he gets so far. There's a lot of time ahead of him. I wish him to stay healthy and obviously win a lot of titles."

Djokovic on whether Zverev is ready to win a slam:

"Of course, he won a huge tournament, but he always had quality to win a Slam," he said. "There's no doubt he will be one of the favourites at every Slam."

Djokovic also suggested he hasn’t been at 100 per cent fitness for the last month or so:

"Health-wise I haven't been really perfect in the last three, four weeks. That took a lot out of me.
"But at the same time I played finals of [Paris Masters] and here. I have to be happy with that result. Of course, finishing the year as No 1, that was the goal coming into the indoor season. I managed to achieve that. Overall it was a phenomenal season that I have to be definitely very proud of."

Stats that matter:

  • Zverev is the first German champion at the ATP Finals since Boris Becker in 1995
  • At 21 years of age, Zverev is the youngest winner at the ATP Finals since Djokovic in 2008
  • Zverev is the first player to defeat both Djokovic and Federer in the same ATP Finals tournament
  • Zverev is also the first player to beat the top two seeds in the semi-finals and final of the ATP Finals since Andre Agassi in 1990
  • He is also just the fourth player to beat Djokovic and Federer in the semi-finals and final of the same tournament (David Nalbandian, Rafael Nadal & Andy Murray are the other three)

Past Winners of the ATP World Tour Finals

YearChampionRunner-upTournament NameLocation
1970Stan SmithRod LaverMasters Grand PrixTokyo
1971Ilie NastaseStan SmithMasters Grand PrixParis
1972Ilie Nastase (2)Stan SmithMasters Grand PrixBarcelona
1973Ilie Nastase (3)Tom OkkerMasters Grand PrixBoston
1974Guillermo VillasIlie NastaseMasters Grand PrixMelbourne
1975Ilie Nastase (4)Bjorn BorgMasters Grand PrixStockholm
1976Manuel OrantesWojtek FibakMasters Grand PrixHouston
1977Jimmy ConnorsBjorn BorgMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1978John McEnroeArthur AsheMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1979Bjorn BorgVitas GerulaitisMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1980Bjorn Borg (2)Ivan LendlMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1981Ivan LendlVitas GerulaitisMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1982Ivan Lendl (2)John McEnroeMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1983John McEnroeIvan LendlMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1984John McEnroe (2)Ivan LendlMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1985Ivan Lendl (3)Boris BeckerMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1986Ivan Lendl (4)Boris BeckerMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1987Ivan Lendl (5)Mats WilanderMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1988Boris BeckerIvan LendlMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1989Stefan EdbergBoris BeckerMasters Grand PrixNew York City
1990Andre AgassiStefan EdbergATP World Tour ChampionshipsFrankfurt
1991Pete SamprasJim CourierATP World Tour ChampionshipsFrankfurt
1992Boris Becker (2)Jim CourierATP World Tour ChampionshipsFrankfurt
1993Michael StichPete SamprasATP World Tour ChampionshipsFrankfurt
1994Pete Sampras (2)Boris BeckerATP World Tour ChampionshipsFrankfurt
1995Boris Becker (3)Michael ChangATP World Tour ChampionshipsFrankfurt
1996Pete Sampras (3)Boris BeckerATP World Tour ChampionshipsHannover
1997Pete Sampras (4)Yevgeny KafelnikovATP World Tour ChampionshipsHannover
1998Alex CorretjaCarlos MoyaATP World Tour ChampionshipsHannover
1999Pete Sampras (5)Andre AgassiATP World Tour ChampionshipsHannover
2000Gustavo KuertenAndre AgassiTennis Masters CupLisbon
2001Lleyton HewittSebastian GrosjeanTennis Masters CupSydney
2002Lleyton Hewitt (2)Juan Carlos FerreroTennis Masters CupShanghai
2003Roger FedererAndre AgassiTennis Masters CupHouston
2004Roger Federer (2)Lleyton HewittTennis Masters CupHouston
2005David NalbandianRoger FedererTennis Masters CupShanghai
2006Roger Federer (3)James BlakeTennis Masters CupShanghai
2007Roger Federer (4)David FerrerTennis Masters CupShanghai
2008Novak DjokovicNikolay DavydenkoTennis Masters CupShanghai
2009Nikolay DavydenkoJuan Martin del PotroATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2010Roger Federer (5)Rafael NadalATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2011Roger Federer (6)Jo-Wilfried TsongaATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2012Novak Djokovic (2)Roger FedererATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2013Novak Djokovic (3)Rafael NadalATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2014Novak Djokovic (4)Roger FedererATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2015Novak Djokovic (5)Roger FedererATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2016Andy MurrayNovak DjokovicATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2017Grigor DimitrovDavid GoffinATP World Tour FinalsLondon
2018Alexander ZverevNovak DjokovicATP World Tour FinalsLondon


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Zverev reflects on ATP Finals title: "It's quite astonishing really"

Alexander Zverev produced one of the best performances of his life to shock World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and capture the biggest title of his career at the Nitto ATP Finals - read on below as we outline the best quotes from the pair post-match and mull over some of the more eye-catching stats!

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