He's an honest guy - Djokovic defends Zverev after Finals controversy

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face with a towel during his ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match against Alexander Zverev of Germany at the O2 Arena in London Saturday Nov. 17 2018

A few points later Zverev finished off the 37-year-old with a nerveless volley, but his on-court interview was drowned out by a cacophony of boos and heckling from fans who believed the German had gained an unfair advantage.

The Djokovic serve had been impregnable all week, with barely a sniff of it getting broken, but finally Zverev made the pressure tell at 4-4 when the quality of his returning drew a forehand error from the clearly rattled Djokovic.

He started the year with a career-best 17 straight wins, winning in Melbourne and Rotterdam before losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the final at Indian Wells. He won four times with his usual partner - and brother - Bob, who has been out with an injured hip since May.

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. "It is the biggest title I have ever won", Zverev said on court after becoming the first German to win the ATP's most prestigious title - often referred to as "the fifth slam" - since Boris Becker in Frankfurt in 1995. "I think this is a pretty good stat, especially as he's the best returner we have in the game". I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible.

Federer and Zverev after the latter's victory. Serve dominated the first set of a high-class match but the Swiss, a six-time champion at the Finals, eventually faltered in the 12th game.

The incident caused Alexander Zverev to stop during play sparking a brief moment of confusion and uncertainty inside the 02 Arena.

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The two sides exchanged penalties in an evenly matched first half, sending Ireland to the dressing room with a narrow 9-6 lead before Jacob Stockdale's phenomenal 48-minute chip-and-chase try set Irish eyes smiling.

Nevertheless, at 5-3 Djokovic had the chance to test his raw opponent's nerve further by forcing him to serve out for the title, but Zverev had other ideas.

"Also huge congratulations to the whole Djokovic team". Decent response from the first racket of Africa, the Serb did not wait - in the seventh game of Novak once again effectively played at the reception, and then easily filed for Seth.

"Health-wise I haven't been really flawless in the last three or four weeks". 'As disappointed as I might be about this match, if I take a step back, I'm actually very happy about the season.

Federer holds the record for the most weeks at number one (310) but now third in the world, he appears to have accepted that his days of domination are over. I managed to achieve that.

"I'm not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas!"

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