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Alexander Zverev beats Novak Djokovic to claim ATP World Tour finals title

• German 21-year-old storms to 6-4, 6-3 victory
• Djokovic denied record-equalling sixth titleJust 24 hours after being booed off court for having the temerity to beat Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev not only overpowered the world No 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the biggest title of his career, but won the crowd over, too, in what was an emotional conclusion to the season. Zverev served Djokovic out of the ATP final 6-4, 6-3, and the bewildered Serb, who was a firm favourite after beating him handily in their round-robin match four days earlier, was powerless, for the most part, to change the course of the match.Zverev hit a pitch of serving excellence in the first set, at 88%, that inevitably dipped in the second but his hammer blows had already done the damage, and his all-round game, court awareness and character were strong enough to get him through an edgy finish. Continue reading...

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