Alexander Zverev charms crowd after beating Novak Djokovic

Serbia's Novak Djokovic

Alexander Zverev claimed one of most significant wins of his fledgling career as he beat Roger Federer to reach the ATP Finals title match but became an unwitting pantomime villain in freaky scenes at the 02 Arena on Saturday.

In becoming the youngest ATP Finals champion since Djokovic, also 21, in 2008, Zverev sent out a clear message that he is ready to spend a considerable amount of time at tennis' top table and start accumulating the game's biggest prizes.

"Oh my God", said Zverev, who also became the first German victor since 1995. Zverev said. "I mean, I've won one of these". You don't need to apologise to me here.

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.

In the first set Zverev offered up fearless tennis, staying solid behind his huge serve, crushing down big groundstroke winners and taking on Djokovic at the net with a series of drive volleys.

Djokovic's serve hadn't been broken all tournament until the final. 'Hopefully he can surpass me.

I was impressed with how he started the match, obviously he was the underdog, he lost in straight sets to Novak a couple of days ago, and he didn't blink. Roger was on the point and was putting him on the back foot but you could see on the replay that it did actually happen.

Zverev served an ace before going on to close out the match moments later. Three straight aces brought up three set points, the second of which he took when Djokovic sent another forehand long.

And he said the likes of Djokovic and Federer remained the standard-setters. "From 4-4 in the first set, my game really fell apart".

Djokovic himself said Zverev's win could have deeper significance for the men's game. A 26-shot duel brought up another break point in the opening game of the second set and, although Djokovic saved it, Zverev won another lengthy exchange moments later with a forehand victor to go 1-0 up.

"This is the biggest title of my career so far", he said.

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Djokovic, victor of 35 of his last 37 matches during a dominant second half of the year which propelled him back to world number one, had not dropped serve all week and had faced only two break points in his four previous matches. I'm definitely not mad at him.

Tennis is an emotional game for both fans and players alike and it tends to flow out when a game is tight.

From there he remained solid on serve, before ending with a flourish.

He struck 20 winners to Djokovic's seven - the last of which was a backhand to end a one hour and 19 minute duel. "And he's returning well, which definitely makes life hard, but that's why he's one of the best players of all time".

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.

"I don't know what the rule says". I'm not going to lie.

Of the booing incident after the Federer match he said: 'The crowd reaction wasn't too good to me, I was a little bit sad because as tennis player we take this kind of stuff personally.

Winning the ATP Finals is a big step for him, now doing it over five sets at the Australian Open in January, and then the other Grand Slams, is where it really matters.

"It was a hell of a match", Bryan said.

Sock and Bryan have dominated since teaming up, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before finishing their season in style in London. "This could be our last hoorah because Bob's training back in Florida".

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