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Alexander Zverev Upsets No.1 Djokovic To Win Biggest Title Of Career At ATP Finals

The 21-year-old has become the third German player in history to have won the season-ending event.



Alexander Zverev has become the youngest player in a decade to win the ATP Finals after blasting his way past world No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, in the final.

An empathic 80-minute performance saw the world No.5 dispose of a player regarded as one of the most in-form currently on the tour. Djokovic appeared weary as the match progressed as he hemorrhaged 23 unforced errors. Something that proved too costly against Zverev, who won 79% of his first service points. A somewhat unexpected outcome considering the Next Gen star had 6/1 odds to win at the start of the day.

“Right now I can’t really describe it. I’m unbelievably happy, It’s the biggest title that I have ever won.” Zverev said during the presentation ceremony.

For the 18th time in the history of the tournament, two players were squaring off in the final after meeting in the round-robin stages. Unlike their encounter on Wednesday, which Djokovic won in straight sets, the latest clash saw an elevation in quality from the lower ranked player. Drawing cheers from the crowd at a full capacity O2 Arena.

Heading into the match Djokovic had been impeccable on his serve. Winning all 36 of his service games throughout the tournament. He looked on course to continue this trend against Zverev early on, but the resilient 21-year-old managed to secure the breakthrough that nobody else in the tournament had managed to do. Locked at 4-4 in the opening set, back-to-back forehand errors from the top seed gifted the German a break for 5-4.

Unlike yesterday’s incident with the crowd where he was surrounded by a hostile environment, a dose of Zverev mania burst out as he served for the opening set. Being spurred on by the cheers, the world No.5 raced to 40-0 before converting his second set point with the help of a Djokovic forehand going beyond the baseline.

Edging closer to being only the third player to defeat the Serbian since the Wimbledon championships, Zverev continued to produce some inspired play. A gut-busting 26-shot rally concluded with a thunderous forehand as he broke at the start of set number two. However, the momentum was short-lived as Djokovic broke back in the next game to revive his chances.

Despite the Blip, Zverev continued to be the more consistent and stronger of the two against his weary opponent. At times Djokovic appeared to be fatigued after some grueling points. Reminiscent of his straight-sets loss to Karen Khachanov at the Paris Masters earlier this month.

“You definitely played much better than you did during the group stages and you deserved to win,” Djokovic said to Zverev afterward. “Obviously well done. You’re still quite young, but you have already had an amazing career. I wish you all the best for the future.”

Continuing to weather the storm, Zverev overcame some shaky moments to claim one of the most prestigious wins of his young career. After seeing his first championship point come and go, he triumphed on his second in spectacular fashion. Hitting a stunning backhand down the line past Djokovic. Prompting him to collapse onto the ground in delight.

We played twice this week and everybody knows how good of a player you are, but I want to mention how good of a person you are too. We’ve had so many talks. No only about tennis, but about other stuff. All different kind of subjects.” He said in tribute to Djokovic.

Zverev’s triumph occurs less than four months after he starting working alongside Ivan Lendl. A five-time winner of the event, who has also guided Andy Murray to the title.

Ivan, thanks for joining the team. I think it’s working out for now and I hope that is going to continue like that.” He said to the former world No.1. 

Zverev has become only the fourth player in history to defeat both Roger Federer and Djokovic in the semi-final and final of the same tournament. He exits the tournament with $2,509,000 in prize money and 1300 ranking points

The 2018 ATP Finals concludes with 14 out of 15 matches ending in straight sets.


Nick Kyrgios sets up Round of 16 match against Borna Coric



Two-time Miami semifinalist and this year’s Acapulco champion Nick Kyrgios cruised past Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-1 after 57 minutes. Kyrgios will face Borna Coric in the Round of 16. 

The Australian player hit 12 aces and fended off six of the seven break points he faced. Lajovic, who upset Kei Nishikori in the previous round, wasted three break points at the start of the match and dropped his serve at 1-2 after a backhand error. Kyrgios hit a forehand down the line winner to break serve for 5-1. Lajovic got one break back to claw his back to 3-5, but Kyrgios hit four winners to seal the opening set 6-3. Kyrgios broke three times in a row and sealed the win in the seventh game 6-1 on his first match point to secure his spot in the fourth round, where he will face Borna Coric, who came back from one set down to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-3 after 2 hours and 36 minutes.

Kyrgios leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Coric. The Australian player beat his Croatian rival in the Estoril quarter final in 2016 and in Cincinnati 2018. Coric edged Kyrgios in three sets in Cincinnati 2016.

“Borna is an unbelievable competitor and one of the best players in the world. He knows how to win matches and is an unbelievable player. He moves incredibly well and I know he won’t give me a single point. I am not going to think about it right now though. I have a day off tomorrow”, said Kyrgios.

Chardy came back from 2-4 down in the first set before winning the tie-break 7-2. Coric broke serve at the start of the second set to open up a 3-0 lead and saved four break points. The Croatian player sealed the second set 6-2 with a break at 15 in the 8th game. Coric reeled off three games in a row including 12 of the final 14 points from 3-3 to close out the third set 6-3.


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John Isner continues his title defence with straight-set win over Albert Ramos Vinolas



Defending champion John Isner battled past Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-5 7-6 (8-6) to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open.

Seventh seed John Isner was broken in the opening game but he saved the next four break points he faced in the match and hit 16 aces. The US player broke back on his second opportunity in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Isner got another break in the 12th game to clinch the first set 7-5.

Isner saved two break points in the fifth game of the second set to hold serve for 3-2. Both players held on their service games to set up a tie-break. Isner rallied from 5-6 down by winning three consecutive games to take the tie-break 8-6.

“I did a lot of things well today. I played a good first set, event though I did not start it off well. In the secondi t was not quite as clean. I will talk to my coach and try to iron things out, but I am into the Round of 16 of a big tournament and I am happy”, said Isner.

Isner set up a fourth round match against Kyle Edmund, who beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes. The British player got a break in the fifth game of the first set and in the ninth game of the second set.

Roberto Bautista Agut beat Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-4. The Spanish player got an early break to build up a 3-0 lead. Fognini broke back in the ninth game to claw his way back to 4-5, but the Spaniard broke again in the 10th game to seal the opening set 6-4. Fognini earned an immediate break in the first game of the second set, but Bautista broke straight back. Fognini went un a break in the fifth game. The Italian player saved a break-back point chance in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Bautista Agut fought back by winning the the final four games to seal the second set 6-4.



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‘You’re A F***ing Disgrace’ – Nick Kyrgios Erupts At The Miami Open

Another tournament, another on-court controversy involving the former top 20 player.



Nick Kyrgios (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios is in line for another hefty fine after blasting the umpire following his doubles match with partner Taylor Fritz.

Kyrgios, who is no stranger to either controversy or fines, completely lost his cool after being edged out of the doubles. Losing 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 8-10, to Guido Pella and Joao Sousa. Throughout the match there was a series of dubious line calls that infuriated the Kyrgios team. Something the racket-smashing 23-year-old complained to the umpire about seconds after the clash.

“What the f**k is wrong with you?” Kyrgios shouted at the umpire. “You’re a f**king disgrace. F**king disgrace.”

Continuing to unleash his rage on the court, Kyrgios interacted with the crowd. Asking them  ‘Do you think that’s alright, yes or no?’ The outburst was caught on camera by one fan, who uploaded in onto his Twitter account.

‘Just give me the answer. He’s a disgrace. ‘I come out and give 100% and I have to deal with idiots like him. Does he get fined for his mistakes? It’s rubbish, man.’ Kyrgios said.

It is not the first time the world No.33 has raised eyebrows for his actions. He previously served a brief ban from the sport in 2016 for unsportsmanlike conduct during the Shanghai Masters. Meanwhile, last June he was fined more than $17,000 for making a lewd gesture during the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

The controversy is a stark contrast to Kyrgios’ opening match in the singles. Taking on Alexander Bublik, he prevailed 7-5, 6-3, with the help of a fairly disciplined and mature performance. He is already a two-time semi-finalist in Miami and has won more matches (11) at the tournament than any other Masters 1000 event.

“I know he’s a player who tries to keep things on his own terms… kind of reminds me of me a little bit,” he said of Bublik. “He just needs to play those bigger points with a little more discipline. Strange me saying that…
“I thought he was going to put me on a couple of highlight reels. I knew he was trying to at some stage. I knew I had to be the disciplined one of the two today.”

Kyrgios will return to the Miami Court’s on Sunday when he play’s Dusan Lajovic in the third round.

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