The 20-year-old German  of Russian roots couldn’t ask for a better performance in the most important match in his career so far. He easily broke in the opener and never looked back holding nine times without any troubles. It was his first official meeting against Djokovic  who turned 30 that week. Zverev had beaten Federer & Wawrinka in 2016, squandered a match point against Nadal (Indian Wells ’16), so he probably had this self-confidence that Djokovic & Murray are beatable as well. Zverev (b. April 1997) becomes the first man born in the 90s to win a big event! “I think it’s normal that the first time you meet Federer or Murray or Djokovic, you’re going to get nervous. But you have to treat every opponent the same way. Happily for me I learned that quite quickly, because I was travelling on tour with my brother and I was used to seeing these guys in the locker room from quite an early age. I think that helped me a lot.” he said.
Zverev’s route to his 4th title:
1 Kevin Anderson 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2 Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4
3 Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3
Q Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-1
S John Isner 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1
W Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3
Average serve speed: Zverev 203/173 (!) kph, Djokovic 188/153 kph
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