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Magnificent Zverev stuns Djokovic to claim first Masters title

Magnificent Zverev stuns Djokovic to claim first Masters title

Alexander Zverev shocks Novak Djokovic in the final of the Italian Open to claim the first ATP 1000 title of his career.

Djokovic was speaking after his defeat to Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open as the young Russian clinched an impressive 6-4 6-3 victory.

Zverev's victory made the tall 20-year-old the youngest ATP Masters 1000 finalist since a 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in Miami in 2007.

Halep, who won in Madrid last week, took the first set and, although she rolled her right ankle at one point, the Romanian appeared to be coasting towards a win when she broke in the opening game of the second.

Zverev is the youngest Masters victor since a 19-year-old Djokovic won the 2007 Miami Open and will jump from world number 17 to number 10 when the rankings are updated on Monday.

"Even though I won this title, I will be back on the practice courts very soon trying to improve my game".

"Andre is someone who I have tremendous respect for", Djokovic said. He finished the match with 16 winners and just 14 unforced errors.

But the Austrian's dream run was quickly brought to an end by a clinical Djokovic on Saturday as the Serbian took his record to 5-0 against the 23-year-old.

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The Serb is the first tennis player from Serbia to be ranked no.1 and the first male player from the country to ever win a Grand Slam singles title.

After this match had ended, Joker announced that his new coach is going to be Andre Agassi, the 8-time Grand Slam champion and one of the legends of the sport.

In the women's event, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina triumphed with a 4-6 7-5 6-1 win over Romania's Simona Halep. "It's only a couple weeks that we are in communication, but I already feel like we are very kind of close to each other and creating this nice vibe".

Djokovic added: "We are both excited about working together, but we have no long-term agreements and he is not going to be with me for the whole tournament". Getting there is one thing, but staying there is going to be very, very hard.

"Sometimes a win over a top player gives you confidence", Halep said after her semi-final.

Svitolina won her tour-best 30th match of the year.

Zverev and Djokovic have never played but Thiem leads their head-to-head 4-1, including all three meetings on clay.


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