Alexander Zverev produced a dominant performance to stun Novak Djokovic and win the ATP Tour finals at London’s O2 Arena. Djokovic, the world number one, had been a 1/6 chance prior to Sunday evening’s final, but was no match for an inspired opponent.
The Serb had gone 40 service games without being broken, but Zverev put an end to that by breaking three times on his way to a 6-4 6-3 victory. The 21-year-old German had worn Djokovic down with the brilliance of his booming serve in the opening set and although the second was more scrappy, he was full value for the win.
It follows on from his defeat of Roger Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals and sets him up for a potential breakthrough year in the Grand Slams in 2019.
Tennis has been dominated for so long by the quartet of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray but as they all near the end of their careers a change of the guard is due.
Zverev has yet to make his mark in the majors, reaching his first quarter-final at this year’s French Open, but he looks perfectly placed to take advantage in the years ahead. On Friday he was a 16/1 chance to win January’s Australian Open, but he has been cut across the board and is currently a best price of 13/1* with Paddy Power.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|