Alexander Zverev Overthrows Roger Federer: Twitter Reacts

Roger Federer extends his unmatched consistency at ATP Finals

Just as against Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer in Saturday's semi-final, the 21-year-old produced a dashing display of power and guile to stun the in-form Djokovic 6-4 6-3.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd holding his runners-up trophy after losing to Germany's Alexander Zverev in their men's singles final match on day eight of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2018.

In a hugely entertaining first set both players showed the excellence that had brought them to this final stage after impressive seasons. Zverev did it once in the first set and three times in the second, completing the victory with a spectacular backhand victor up the line.

When these two met earlier in the week Zverev had a break point for 5-4 in the opening set but could not convert it.

Zverev made a vital hold from 0-30 down at 3-2, picking up a attractive volley near his feet as Djokovic fought desperately to regain parity.

When Djokovic and Zverev had met in the group phase in London, the Serbian secured a dominant 6-4 6-1 win. Having said this, he'll need to be at his best on those key points today if he is to stand any chance of the title, as he faces Novak Djokovic, who looks back to his imperious best. We see it in other sports all the time, but in tennis it's rare.

"I'm incredibly happy and incredibly proud right now".

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"The crowd have been absolutely incredible all week. I didn't understand a word you were saying but it's not important".

Rather then being able to celebrate becoming the first German since Boris Becker in 1996 to reach the final of a tournament often dubbed "the fifth slam", he was shamefully booed and heckled during his post-match speech. Federer won just one point after that as Zverev wrapped up the match.

There is not much difference between the Novak we have seen recently and the Novak who topped the world rankings for 122 weeks, and held all four Grand Slam titles, at his peak in 2015 and 2016.

At Wimbledon, there was also the highlight of beating Federer 13-11 in the final set of an epic quarter-final, as well as the historic semi-final win over America's John Isner.

Although he came up against an inspired opponent in Zverev, Djokovic faltered particularly on his forehand and never managed to dictate play in the final. "You are still quite young and you have had an incredible career".

"I want to apologise to the crowd, Roger has a lot of fans here and for what he's achieved he should have. It's a long season but you guys making it very enjoyable for all of us". After being ranked as low as 22 in June this year, the numero uno hit peak form and won the Wimbledon and US Open titles to beat Nadal and Federer to the top spot of ATP rankings.

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