Alexander Zverev’s win in last Sunday’s Nitto sponsored ATP World Tour Finals could herald a changing of the guard at the top of Men’s Tennis. The hegemony cast by Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and to a lesser extent Murray and Wawrinka has extended for a decade or more now whilst the younger pretenders have floundered along the way. Whilst this has clearly been a golden age in tennis, it was a fine sight to see the tall, yet elegant Zverev overcome Federer in the Semi-Final and then Djokovic in a high-quality match for the title. It wasn’t a straightforward task, he was beaten by Djokovic in the round robin and then had to overcome the controversy a point replay when the ball boy dropped a ball mid-point against Federer resulting in a highly partisan crowd resoundingly booing him. Djokovic has regained his position at World No 1 in an astounding return to form in the 2nd half of the season and did his best to win this, the final tournament of the season.
At 21 years of age, one would like to think that Zverev could have a long and prodigious career ahead of him and we wait to see what he will be able to accomplish at the Australian Open in January.