A day after he defeated the giant American John Isner, he defeated the defending champion of Roland Garros, in straight sets. Alexander Zverev made history as he won his first masters title at The ATP 1000 Rome Masters, defeating Novak Djokovic.
From the first game Djokovic served, Zverev broke him, and didn’t look back, at all. He tried to break him again in the 8th game of the set, but failed to do so. With an astonishing serve, and 5 aces, he took the set in 36 minutes. In the second, Djokovic tried hard to break Zverev’s serve, which he couldn’t, even for one time. The 20-year-old German broke the Serb twice in the second set, and snatched the second set, and the final from the French Open defending champion.
Leaving the tennis world astounded, Sasha Zverev became the first player born in the 90s to have won a ATP 1000 Masters title. Also, he became the second player to have defeated Novak Djokovic in a final without facing a single break point, after Roger Federer did it twice. Djokovic seemed opposite of what he was against Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final. While he was being assumed to be back in form, he disproved it yet again in the final.
The Rome champion defeated Kevin Anderson, Viktor Troicki, Fabio Fognini, the home hero, and big players like Milos Raonic, John Isner and Novak Djokovic to win the trophy. He dropped only 2 sets, against John Isner and Kevin Anderson, in the semi-final and the R64 respectively. It was surprising to see that a player who lost in the quarter-final of the Madrid, and the R16 at Monte Carlo, is not only leading the Race To Milan for NextGen ATP Finals, but is also in the Race To London for the ATP Finals. He has broken into the top 10 with this win.
After he got off the court, he gave a hug to everyone in his team, and said thanks, and then headed to the press conference. On being asked in the presser; on being a top 10 player, Rome champion, and one hour after the match point, how did he feel, to which he replied, “Still very very good”