Zverev Claims Total Domination Over the Tennis Courts of Rome


Luka Dragoljic, Reporter

Alexander Zverev, a 20 year-old German tennis player, was competing in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final on Sunday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Yet, he handled the occasion like it happened to him every day. The 17th seed captured the biggest title yet in his young career with a brilliant display of tennis to defeat once seed number 1 Novak Djokovic with a score of 6-4 6-3.

“I’m very happy with the way I played and my performance all week, I think today was one of the best matches I ever played,” stated Zverev. “I knew I had to be aggressive from the first point to the last. It was very important for me to be able to stay this aggressive and not let him take over the game.”

Zverev was given the prestigious trophy by the well-known Rod Laver in the trophy presentation. The 20 year old German becomes the youngest winner in Rome since a 19-year-old Rafael Nadal prevailed in 2006 and the youngest Masters 1000 winner since a 19-year-old Djokovic won Miami in 2007.

He is also the first player born in the 1990s to win a Masters 1000 title. Zverev also created a moment for German tennis history by becoming the first German to win a Masters 1000 title since Tommy Haas in 2001 and only the fourth overall, joining Boris Becker and Michael Stich in the rarified air.

The milestone title will push the #NextGenATP star inside the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time when the new standings are released on Monday. He will move up to No. 10, up from his previous career-high of No. 17.