Djokovic Sets up ATP Finals Title Clash With Zverev Anderson
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 24, 2018,
Nov 24, 2018, 6:03
He explains why his fellow German's victory over the world number one is a significant moment.
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.
For years we have been saying tennis needs new faces and strong new players - and he has proved he is the best of the next generation. Federer 's fans were not happy with Zverev and let their feelings be known after the match, booing him during his interview.
Becker, a six-time Grand Slam victor, said Zverev had the potential to be the "new superstar" of world tennis and backed his compatriot to deliver on his promise under coach Ivan Lendl.
He will end the year number one with Nadal two and Federer at three.
In fact he has yet to make it past the quarter-finals of a grand slam, but the affable youngster, 6ft 6in tall with his long hair and gold chains, has a definite star quality - and now he can add the London crown to his three Masters titles.
His mental resilience was impressive against Novak, as was his staying power.
Federer willed himself to a break for 2-1 in the second set, but Zverev quickly composed himself to hit straight back in the following game. That showed his mental strength.
"I didn't really play a very good match".
He is a curious 21-year-old, he walks through life with an open mind and an open perspective. I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible. "You only have so many chances of winning it". I played super well in Australia again.
Zverev's dog Lovik has featured on his Instagram page on several occasions and has been known to travel to events with the tall right-hander - the pet was even granted an accreditation pass to the 2015 US Open as the player's "guest".
Often it is a small margin and when you have someone on the sideline who has been there it has a big effect. I wish you all the best for your future.
'Obviously you could win any match you want.
Zverev duly took the set, in which he had landed 21 out of his 24 first serves into court, firing down seven aces in the process, and the world's best player was rattled.
The 31-year-old started his year with a miserable early exit at the Australian Open, followed by elbow surgery and a string of disappointing results on his return to the court.
He continued: "We [Djokovic and Zverev] had so many talks, not only about tennis but all different types of subjects - I won't mention what - but you are a sharing person and you have shared some titles with me".