Ball boy flub gives Alexander Zverev edge over Roger Federer — ATP Finals

Alexander Zverev & Novak Djokovic after the final of the Nitto ATP Finals 2018 London

Zverev earns last four place at ATP Finals for first time

Keep in mind, Grigor Dimitrov, who like Zverev was once considered the future of this sport, won the ATP Finals a year ago at the age of 26 but failed to build on his title this season.

Often he has asked me about what it takes to win.

Zverev served an ace before going on to close out the match moments later.

"I was a little bit sad at the end with the booing and reaction of the crowd", he said.

Djokovic meanwhile produced a masterful display to outclass South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2. "It is the biggest title I have ever won", said Zverev. "I was like, 'Buddy, shut up. If you want to make them World Cup favorites, go ahead". Congratulations on a great match and a great tournament so far.

Khachanov may have enjoyed his best week of career in the French capital after bettering No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in their first meeting to reach a maiden ATP 1000 final. After the two players held their serves for 4-all, Khachanov broke for the first time before bagging the first set 6-4.

Djokovic sportingly crossed the net to embrace the player who will now be considered among the favourites in Australia in two months' time to end the Serb's run of two consecutive Grand Slam victories.

German tennis player Alexander Zverev triumphantly finishes this season.

It was the big match which we were all waiting for from him. "I've won one (year-end title)". I have another chance to play for a title. And now Lendl is giving Alexander Zverev a leg-up, too. It was a joke.

"The ball boy dropped the ball and it is the rules we have to stop the point".

"Look, I understand the frustration". "I had a bad stomach once on stage before and admitted it", he said. It's all good. It's all good.

Elsewhere in the weekend's action, Switzerland also secured a place at the Nations League finals with a 5-2 drubbing of Belgium and Scotland kept playoff hopes alive with a welcome 4-0 win away to Albania, while on Friday World Cup champion France lost to the Netherlands 2-0.

It could have been if maybe I win the next point. This is life, this is sport. "I'm just happy that match by match I'm just increasing the level of the game", he added.

The crowd still expected a Djokovic fight back but it never materialized and at 3-5 the 31-year-old crumbled, serving a double-fault to help Zverev earn two match points.

The problem for Federer is that Novak Djokovic is back as world number one after elbow surgery and a spell of indifferent form and is dominating the men's game again. But victory at the tour's flagship event would exceed those achievements.

The first racket of the world Novak Djokovic easily took the semi-final barrier at the Final tournament ATP in London. The Swiss veteran eventually faltered in the 12th game of the opening set, watching helplessly as Zverev zipped a magnificent passing shot past him down the line on his way to breaking to love.

"When I get to play Roger, I know I have to get the best out of myself in order to win". "But I don't think he was close to his best".

After the duel recorded another tie-break, Djokovic took the initiative at 6-1.

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