World no.4 Zverev is now the youngest man ranked within the world ATP top 10, and pulled the shock upset win over Djokovic in style to become only the second German since Boris Becker to clinch the sport's end of year championship.
"I really can't describe it".
That trend continued in the tie-break, as the servers won the first 14 points before Djokovic finally got a key mini-break to go ahead 8-7 and then finished off the set a point later.
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. "Wish him to stay healthy and obviously win a lot of titles". If we assume that Nole meets Sascha in the finals though, the young German does have a 1-2 record against the world number one.
"It's just unfortunate circumstances", 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer told reporters. Zverev also makes our list of the top 10 young men's tennis player today.
"Speaking of being young, hopefully I'll play many more years and I will see you guys here in the years to come". 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.
The 21-year-old broke serve once in the opening set and three times in the second to pull off a shock victory in a packed 02 Arena - denying Serbian Djokovic a record-equalling sixth title at the ATP's blue-riband event.
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Zverev won the replayed point with an ace and nudged into a 5-4 lead before Federer inexplicably netted with a simple forehand volley to hand the German two match points, the second of which he took on his own serve.
At the conclusion of the match Zverev was jeered as on-court interviewer Annabel Croft began to speak to him, with Croft at one point admonishing the crowd for their reaction.
"This is the biggest title of my career so far, this trophy means a lot, everything, to all the players. I didn't understand a word you were saying but it's not important".
"He deserved to win, he's still quite young but he's had an awesome career so far and I wish him all the best for his future".
"I'm incredibly happy and incredibly proud right now".
"When you get out of this feeling of a little bit disappointment that you lost, [you can enjoy] all the positive things that I have to reflect on and also take from this season, especially the last six months, ' he added". If we put things in perspective, it was an unbelievable year, a great comeback so thanks for helping me get to where I am.
Nevertheless, at 5-3 Djokovic had the chance to test his raw opponent's nerve further by forcing him to serve out for the title, but Zverev had other ideas.