Zverev Stuns Djokovic, Wins 1st Masters

Sascha

BNL Internazionali d’Italia, Rome

Men’s Final: [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs.  [17] Alexander Zverev (GER)

While advantage should have been Djokovic’s, it did not matter against the talented young German.  After the comprehensive dismissal of Dominic Thiem yesterday, a player that has given Zverev problems, many may have thought that Djokovic had this title wrapped up.  Many did not take into consideration the rapid improvement Zverev has demonstrated with each match he has played on clay this season.  Surprisingly, or perhaps not, it was Djokovic who came out a little nervous.  He had everything to lose and the level of his anxiety was manifested by the number of times he bounced the ball before each first serve.  His anxious start cost him his very first service game and the youngster got the early break.

As I watched this match, I was reminded of how powerful Zverev is for his age.  He kept pace with Djokovic in the rallies and never seemed troubled by the fame of his opponent.  More impressive than his power was his mental fortitude.  He was mentally strong enough and focused enough to protect his serve and the early break leads he got in both sets.  As the match progressed I expected Djokovic to work his way back into the match but he could not.  Zverev played such intelligent tennis, he kept Djokovic rattled and on edge.  Did Djokovic underestimate the threat of his young opponent?  He should not have given what Zverev has accomplished since he’s been on Tour.

Our spotlight player defeated Djokovic 6-4, 6-3; he never faced a break point against his serve and outplayed his opponent in every category.  Beating Djokovic in straight sets was impressive; however to dominate in every category, stunning.  This victory will propel  Zverev into the top ten tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sascha!

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