Novak Djokovic: Alexander Zverev deserved ATP title but I’ve had an amazing year
Novak Djokovic conceded that Alexander Zverev was the better player in the ATP World Tour Final on Sunday, but won’t let it detract from the remarkable season he has produced himself.
The world number one was comprehensively beaten by Zverev at The O2, as he became the youngest ATP Finals champion in a decade at just 21-years-old.
Djokovic, though, remained philosophical after the match.
“First of all congratulations Sascha to you and your team,” the Serb said.
“You definitely played much better than you had in the group stage.
Novak Djokovic comments on ATP Tour’s generation gap and defends young players.https://t.co/TvbYsACLgx
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) November 17, 2018
“You deserved to win. I wish you all the best for your future.
“Hopefully I’ll play many more years and see you guys here in the years to come.
“I want to thank my team. Today wasn’t a great day for us but if we put things into perspective it was an amazing year, an amazing comeback.
“If someone told me (I would end the year as number one) at that time it was looking quite improbable.
“Not just ranking-wise, I wasn’t playing even close to where I wanted to be at in terms of level of tennis.
“No one likes to lose, and I’ve just come off court but you put things in a larger perspective, see things a bit differently.”
More from Tennis365:
Naomi Osaka says US Open win keeps Kobe Bryant’s legacy alive
Osaka recovered from a set down to defeat Victoria Azarenka.
Naomi Osaka overcomes 26-minute first-set nightmare to beat Victoria Azarenka in US Open women’s final
Naomi Osaka is your 2020 US Open women’s champion.
Italian Open suffers triple setback as Serena Williams leads big-name withdrawals
No Serena Williams in Rome this week.
2020 US Open men’s final info, recent form, betting and preview: Dominic Thiem v Alexander Zverev
A preview of the US Open men’s final.
Dominic Thiem’s ready to overcome final hurdle against Alexander Zverev
Austrian is favourite to win his first Grand Slam.
How US Open finalists Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev compare statistically
We sift through the stats to see how finalists compare.
Dominic Thiem ‘right up there with the Big Three’, says tennis pundit and former world No 1
Thiem “a little bit better than the other guys”.
Dominic Thiem jokes he will ‘call Andy Murray and see how it is with 0-4’ if he loses US Open final
A fourth final for Dominic Thiem.
US Open day 12: Alexander Zverev’s delight, to hug or not to hug, suit guy alert
The story of day 12 at Flushing Meadows.