Alexander Zverev Stuns Novak Djokovic to Win Italian Open

Alexander Zverev Stuns Novak Djokovic to Win Italian Open

Alexander Zverev stunned world number two and four-time champion Novak Djokovic to lift the Italian Open title in Rome.

A long backhand by Djokovic, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Monday, subsequently ensured victory to his highly-rated opponent.

"It's nice to know that I can compete and play and win the biggest tournaments on tour against the biggest players on tour", Zverev said. "You played fantastic and deserve it", he said.

On his decision to link-up with Agassi, who won five Grand Slams as a player, current world No 2 Djokovic said: 'Andre is someone that I have tremendous respect for as a person and as a player.

He broke the Serb in his first service game and never looked back.

Zverev, the No. 16 seed, is the youngest victor in Rome since Rafael Nadal won at age 19. Zverev is always a threat due to his athleticism and shot making, but if his serve remains this consistent, he's going to be a tough out against anybody and will climb up the rankings quite quickly. I am enjoying every conversation that I have with him.

"He didn't get much from my side".

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It took just 61 minutes for Djokovic to claim victory after he had finished his rain-delayed quarter-final against Juan Martin Del Potro earlier on Saturday.

He complained of conditions that were "completely different", with "a lot of wind and just very fast and bouncing (balls)". But also, on the other hand, he s someone that nurtures the family values, philanthropy work. "It was very important for me to be able to stay this aggressive and not let him take over the game". Just couldn't find any rhythm.

Zverev broke in the first game of the final on his way to the first set and carved out the crucial first break of the second set in the third game.

Agassi is a former world No 1 and had retired in 2006 from competitive tennis.

Romania's Simona Halep reached her first final in the WTA event at the Rome Masters on Saturday after sweeping Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-1 in their semi-final clash.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic didn't manage to defend his title from the previous year, but to be honest, just a few expected this to happen because the Serbian tennis player is now trying to regain his level of the game, from the beginning of 2016. "I try to play match by match and try to improve", said Zverev, who fired 12 aces and 41 winners past the 32-year-old Isner.

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