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Alexander Zverev Joins Elite Company With ATP Finals Defeat Of Djokovic & Federer

Alexander Zverev Joins Elite Company With ATP Finals Defeat Of Djokovic & Federer

Alexander Zverev joined an elite few as he overcame Serbia's Novak Djokovic to win the ATP World Finals this evening in London. Claiming the match in straight sets, it is the 21-year-old's 10th career title so far.

The youngest end-of-season winner since Djokovic himself won this tournament a decade ago, Zverev is also the first German tennis player to win the ATP World Finals since Boris Becker claimed the accolade in 1995.

However, beyond even this, the win offers even greater significance for the prodigious young talent.

In a sport largely dominated by Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic (and the more peripheral presence of Andy Murray), Zverev's win sees him become only the fourth player to beat Federer and Djokovic in the semi-final and final of the same tournament.

A feat achieved by Murray (2012 Olympics) and Nadal (2007 French Open, 2008 Hamburg, 2008 French Open), the less vaunted David Nalbandian also managed to do it in 2007.

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Already considered amongst the world's most highly thought of young players, Alexander Zverev has only made it as far as the quarter-final stages in any of the major events thus far; achieving this feat at the 2018 French Open.

Picking up what will go down as a landmark win this evening, you can watch the concluding moments of his defeat of Djokovic below.

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