Win more than Djokovic? Let's chill out - Zverev

AFP | Alexander Zverev celebrates with the trophy after beating Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals

AFP | Alexander Zverev celebrates with the trophy after beating Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals

The 6-ft-6, 21-year-old played out of his skin to become the youngest victor of the year-end championships since Djokovic himself in 2008, spoiling what had been a stellar year for the Serb, who 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.

As he has been all week, and for most of the past six months, Djokovic was in superlative form to outclass South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 in the day's late action.

Djokovic had beaten Zverev comfortably in the round-robin phase on Wednesday, but he looked edgy.

Earlier, American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11 for their first ATP Finals doubles title together.

There were then gasps of despair from the Federer diehards when their man got a little too delicate with an attempted drop volley at 4-5 to hand Zverev two match points.

"It's just unfortunate circumstances", 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer told reporters. I didn't mean to upset anybody - that's all I can say.

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"Of course it did". For me, that was a huge moment in my life, to be honest, in my career because I never thought I would get there again.

He did concede, however, that Zverev nothing wrong. "Seemingly he says it was me but I would admit it".

Djokovic, seeking to win a sixth title, had not dropped a set all week and had swatted aside Zverev in the group stages, losing just five games.

"He deserved to win, he's still quite young but he's had an fantastic career so far and I wish him all the best for his future". The booing went into cheering kind of afterwards, which kind of helped me.

"Maybe he's coming to dinner, I don't know", said Federer smiling.

The chaotic climax to the contest overshadowed what had been an absorbing duel with Federer's guile and variety up against Zverev's baseline power and forays to the net. The second seed regrouped and drew first blood in the second set, breaking in the third game with a thunderous backhand down the line that drew enormous cheers from the partisan crowd.

Chants of "Let's Go Roger, Let's Go" reverberated around the arena as the second-set tiebreak began but Zverev shut out the noise to prevail.

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