Alexander Zverev upsets Novak Djokovic to win Italian Open title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 0:07
"I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we made a decision to get together in Paris", Djokovic said after the match. So he's gonna be there.
Last week in Rome, the 20-year-old proved that he is already one of the best in the world by defeating Novak Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 6-3, in Sunday's final. It's just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit.
Earlier, Djokovic picked up right where he left off in a rain-delayed quarterfinal against former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, closing out a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Djokovic has been without a coach since before the start of the Madrid Masters after he revealed that he will be parting ways with his entire coaching team, including his longtime coach Marian Vajda.
In earning the title, the German professional tennis player becomes the youngest to win a Masters 1000 event since Djokovic did it at 19-years-old.
"It's such an honour being on the court against one of the best ever players", Zverev said after his triumph. You know, on the court he understands the game amazingly well. Yesterday was no wind and slow and I just couldn't find the proper rhythm, proper positioning on the court.
Djokovic, who has won 12 Grand Slam titles, hasn't been the same since losing in the third round of Wimbledon in 2016.
"I think I can be proud of myself for handling the pressure, because I played some tough matches here". Semifinal: Djokovic bt Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-0.
"I just won here, so I've got to put myself on that list, even though I don't want to say that I'm the favourite myself".
In the decider, the Romanian, who had won 26 of her past 30 matches on clay, was visibly hurting and was helpless to prevent Svitolina from claiming her fourth title of the season after wins in Taipei, Dubai and Istanbul.
The win also helped Zverev surge up to number 10 in the world rankings for the first time in his career.
"After dropping five set points while serving for the opening set at 5-4, Halep started knocking her head with her finger as if saying, 'Wake up".