Alexander Zverev upsets Novak Djokovic in Rome to win the Italian Open

Alexander Zverev

World No.17 Alexander Zverev defeated world number two Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to clinch the Italian Open 2017 on Sunday.

With this victory, the 20-year-old German has become the youngest player to bag a Masters 1000 tournament since Djokovic {Strangley}, who won the Miami Open a decade ago at the of 19.

Further, the Italian crown will now take Zverev shoot to a career-high world No. 10 in the rankings Monday.

Game Highlights:

The #NextGenATP star was on fire from the start, breaking Djokovic in the first game. The 30-time Masters 1000 title holder gave up all five first serves that game. Then at 15/40, Zverev hammered on a second serve, pulling off a forehand cross-court that Djokovic drove into the nets.

However, Djokovic held his grip and fought back the 0-2 hole, throwing in drop shots to hold for 2-3. In a game, pitting two of the best backhand delivers, saw Djokovic’s two-handed against Zverev’s two-handed.

Landing around 75 percent of his first serves, Zverev bested the opener with a service winner out wide on the deuce court.

The second set saw equal aggression from both sides but determined to win Zverev pushed further blasting an inside-out backhand winner in Djokovic’s serve 1-1 to bag his first break point of the set, which was followed another at 2-1.

With Zverev clinching the third break, Djokovic gave away the match point with a double fault and the young gun earned his biggest win of his career after 81-minutes.


“I am very happy the way I played, very happy with my performance all week, actually. And today, I think was one of the best matches I ever played maybe,” said Zverev.

Speaking of his strategy entering the game he said, “You know, I knew I had to be aggressive from the first point on and to the last. It was very important for me to be able to stay this aggressive and don’t let him[ Djokovic ]take over the game.”

Elina Svitolina


In the women’s event, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina pulled off a 4-6 7-5 6-1 win over Romania’s Simona Halep to win her fourth title of the year.



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