Alexander Zverev won the biggest title of his tennis career against Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals on Sunday, but is the new kid on the block ready to smash the cartel at the top of the game?
The 21-year-old German has long been talked of as the leader of a pack of hungry young tyros aiming to unseat the multiple Grand Slam winners who have dominated the sport for well over a decade.
But so far he has flattered to deceive at the majors — with a run to the quarter-finals at this year’s French Open the only time he has made it past the fourth round of any of the four Slams.
It is easy to underplay his success – he already has 10 titles under his belt including the ATP Finals and three Masters crowns.
And it was the manner of his win against Djokovic at London’s O2 Arena — overpowering the relentless Serb 6-4, 6-3 — that caught the eye on Sunday, a day after he triumphed in straight sets against Roger Federer.
“This is the biggest title of my career so far,” he said. “This trophy means a lot, everything, to all the players.”