BREAKING NEWS With virus 'unrelenting,' Minnesota Gov. Walz says new package coming to help small businesses Full Story
CLOSINGS: View Closings

Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to win World Tour Finals

This has unquestionably been Novak Djokovic's year in men's tennis. But that didn't matter to Alexander Zver...

Posted: Nov 19, 2018 10:12 AM
Updated: Nov 19, 2018 10:12 AM

This has unquestionably been Novak Djokovic's year in men's tennis. But that didn't matter to Alexander Zverev on Sunday as he stunned Djokovic 6-4 6-3 in London to become the youngest winner of the year-end championships since the Serb himself in 2008.

Djokovic had looked destined to become the first man since Zverev's coach, Ivan Lendl, in 1986 to win the World Tour Finals or its predecessors without dropping a set, such has been his glittering form at the O2 Arena and in the second half of 2018 in general.

Arts and entertainment

Concerts and musical performances

Music

Music and dance

Novak Djokovic

Sports figures

Roger Federer

Sports and recreation

Tennis

The newly returned world No. 1 hadn't even dropped serve all week.

Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos

He had won 35 of his past 37 matches, including titles at Wimbledon and the US Open to lift his tally of majors to 14 in a remarkable comeback campaign.

READ: Serena named GQ Woman of the Year, but...

READ: Federer brushes aside preferential treatment claims

Indeed all signs pointed to Djokovic equaling Roger Federer's haul of six year-end crowns -- Federer lost to Zverev in a dramatic semifinal Saturday.

Yet Zverev -- the 21-year-old tipped to be a multiple grand slam winner in the future despite a rocky start to his grand slam career -- was the last man standing to also become Germany's first champion at the event since one of his mentors, Boris Becker, in 1995.

No one before had ever beaten Djokovic and Federer at the same edition of the year-end championships.

"Obviously it's quite astonishing, winning this title, beating two such players back-to-back, Roger and Novak, in the semifinals and finals," Zverev told reporters. "Means so much. I'm incredibly happy and incredibly proud of this moment right now."

Djokovic errors

While Zverev flourished, Djokovic dipped.

"I was making way too many unforced errors," Djokovic told reporters. "From 4-4 in the first set, my game really fell apart. But credit to him because he played solid.

"Health wise I haven't been really perfect in the last three, four weeks," added Djokovic. "That took a lot out of me.

"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."

The 6-foot-6 Zverev served huge Sunday -- delivering 10 aces -- covered the court terrifically and cleverly altered the shape on his ground strokes, pinning a baffled Djokovic back by hitting with plenty of spin.

When the world No. 4 fell to Djokovic in the group stage 6-4 6-1, the ninth game proved massive.

Djokovic saved two break points, broke in the next game, then cruised.

The ninth game was pivotal again in the title match and on this occasion it went Zverev's way. He broke courtesy of a forehand error and clubbed three aces to begin the ensuing game.

Consecutive breaks

A rattled Djokovic was broken again to start the second but when he broke right back, it felt like a comeback could be on the cards. This was, after all, Djokovic.

It was not to be, however, with Zverev breaking for 2-1 to regain the advantage and never looking back.

READ: Nadal out of World Tour Finals

READ: Bromance of tennis' towering marathon men

He struck a backhand passing shot winner on a second match point, then dropped to the court in joy. Djokovic was soon there to greet him.

Zverev, whose older brother Mischa is a tennis pro, later hoisted the trophy and picked up a check of $2.5 million.

The decider once again showed how difficult it is to beat the same player twice at the year-end championships. It has now only happened eight of 18 times.

"I knew that he's going to change something, he's going to play better and he did," said Djokovic. "I just played under par comparing to all the matches I had so far this week."

No boos

There were no boos for Zverev, a day after a section of the roughly 17,500 fans at the O2 Arena got on his case after he defeated Federer 7-5 7-6 (5).

Simply ousting the ever popular Swiss wasn't the reason for the jeers. Rather Zverev stopped play trailing 4-3 in the second-set tiebreak when a ball boy moved to retrieve a ball rolling on court.

Point replayed

Federer held the advantage in the rally but the point was replayed. Zverev duly struck an ace.

Even though he did nothing wrong -- the rules dictate the point should have been replayed -- a flustered Zverev felt the crowd's wrath while being interviewed on court.

"Yesterday I felt like I've done everything right, to be honest, by the rules and how it should have been. But the crowd reaction wasn't too good to me," said Zverev.

"I was a little bit sad because as tennis players, we take it very personal, this kind of stuff. It's a one-on-one sport, so we take things more personal than other sports.

"Today, the mindset, I just wanted to enjoy being out there, I just wanted to enjoy competing and playing against the best player in the world."

He looked like he did enjoy it.

And as for the fans, they were fully supportive Sunday in what was an unexpected conclusion to the season.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 270157

Reported Deaths: 3297
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin579261084
Ramsey24528470
Anoka19211213
Dakota18738176
Washington12351104
Stearns1200389
Scott735654
St. Louis712297
Wright646135
Olmsted604730
Sherburne499538
Clay435954
Carver397312
Blue Earth367011
Rice350331
Kandiyohi337613
Crow Wing306729
Nobles293828
Chisago27778
Benton256338
Otter Tail251415
Winona240928
Mower232822
Polk222221
Douglas211929
Morrison207521
Lyon189810
McLeod18089
Beltrami177115
Goodhue173126
Becker16769
Itasca165223
Steele16396
Todd161412
Isanti159115
Carlton148310
Nicollet144523
Freeborn13625
Mille Lacs129030
Le Sueur12899
Waseca128710
Pine11625
Cass11538
Brown112610
Meeker10117
Martin97020
Roseau9443
Hubbard92822
Wabasha8961
Dodge7770
Watonwan7604
Redwood75118
Chippewa7437
Renville68818
Sibley6844
Cottonwood6800
Wadena6706
Pipestone65618
Aitkin64722
Rock6259
Houston6012
Fillmore5910
Yellow Medicine55310
Unassigned52756
Murray5173
Pennington5076
Kanabec49711
Swift4835
Faribault4650
Pope4620
Stevens4342
Clearwater4156
Marshall4047
Jackson3981
Lake3463
Koochiching3275
Wilkin3175
Lac qui Parle3123
Lincoln3081
Norman3006
Big Stone2711
Mahnomen2404
Grant2256
Red Lake1833
Kittson1786
Traverse1190
Lake of the Woods821
Cook570

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 210482

Reported Deaths: 2173
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk31270322
Linn13252158
Scott1022075
Black Hawk10209126
Woodbury9870111
Johnson900835
Dubuque866490
Story637819
Dallas595555
Pottawattamie574666
Sioux349925
Webster330928
Marshall327841
Cerro Gordo323041
Clinton303637
Buena Vista290214
Muscatine266964
Des Moines266116
Plymouth257937
Warren254610
Wapello239971
Jones221112
Jasper202739
Marion191518
Carroll188220
Lee188015
Bremer176012
Henry16847
Crawford168215
Benton157414
Tama145140
Jackson13608
Delaware134721
Boone127711
Washington126513
Dickinson126210
Mahaska119027
Wright11425
Buchanan10789
Page10774
Hardin105810
Clay10434
Harrison101428
Clayton10084
Cedar98913
Hamilton9877
Mills9806
Calhoun9787
Fayette9588
Lyon9458
Floyd92614
Kossuth9214
Poweshiek91512
Butler8943
Winneshiek88910
Winnebago87423
Iowa86711
Louisa79916
Hancock7947
Chickasaw7853
Grundy77310
Sac7617
Cherokee7484
Cass73519
Appanoose7336
Shelby7184
Allamakee71111
Mitchell7074
Emmet70123
Guthrie69215
Union6866
Franklin67619
Humboldt6495
Madison6414
Jefferson6121
Palo Alto6044
Unassigned5810
Keokuk5237
Pocahontas5072
Howard4999
Osceola4941
Greene4860
Clarke4564
Ida42810
Monroe42812
Montgomery42610
Davis4225
Taylor4162
Adair4066
Monona3912
Fremont3432
Worth3330
Van Buren3294
Lucas3056
Decatur2950
Wayne2836
Audubon2811
Ringgold1832
Adams1521
Rochester
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 27°
Mason City
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 30°
Albert Lea
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 26°
Austin
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 31°
Charles City
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 31°
Colder Monday, Rain & Snow Tuesday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Sean's Weather 7/23

Image

Holiday cooking safety for Thanksgiving

Image

Turkey farmers adapting to the pandemic for Thanksgiving

Image

Jefferson Elementary students sending messages of hope

Image

Salvation Army needs support

Image

Rep. Bennett on restrictions

Image

Christmas drive for foster children

Image

Sunday weather

Image

Nupa responds to new COVID-19 restrictions

Image

Saturday Weather

Community Events