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Nov 26 (OPTA) - Rankings from the ATP Tour singles

Rank Points
1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) 9,045
2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,480
3 Roger Federer (SUI) 6,420
4 Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,385
5 Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 5,300
6 Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4,710
7 Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,250
8 Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,095
9 Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,59

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Nov 26 (OPTA) - Rankings from the WTA Tour singles

Rank Points
1 Simona Halep (ROU) 6,921
2 Angelique Kerber (GER) 5,875
3 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 5,586
4 Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,350
5 Naomi Osaka (JPN) 5,115
6 Sloane Stephens (USA) 5,023
7 Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,630
8 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 4,465
9 Kiki Bertens (NED)

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The ATP tinkered, altered and adjusted to try to quicken play -- all with the hope that a good time would be had by all.

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Marin Cilic clinched Croatia's second Davis Cup title as he beat France's Lucas Pouille 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-3 to give his side a decisive 3-1 lead in the final on Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic was excellent, while others struggled as the ATP is experiencing change -- from its stars to formats to grumblings about payouts.

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Yes, Novak Djokovic fell in the ATP World Finals championship match, but his season will go down as perhaps the most important of his career.

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Behind every great player is often a great coach. Such is the case for ATP World Tour Finals winner Alexander Zverev and his coach, Ivan Lendl.

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Alexander Zverev stunned Novak Djokovic to win his maiden ATP Finals title in dominant fashion at London's O2 Arena.

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He's become something of a superhero in Greece, and it's only a matter of time before the entire world knows Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers shows how Novak Djokovic goes against conventional wisdom, with success, on his second serve. Photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.

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To thrive on the ATP World Tour, it's a given that players must find a way to succeed on various surfaces under different conditions throughout the year's 64 tournaments. The 2018 season was no different, according to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone. Here's a look at some of the best performers by surface this year:

Clay Courts (minimum 10 matches)
It's no surprise that Rafael Nadal was the best player on clay in 2018, winning three more titles on the surface (4) than he had losses (1). The Spaniard claimed his 11th titles at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and Roland Garros, also triumphing at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia. Nadal now owns 57 clay-court tour-level trophies, which would rank 12th all-time among title winners on all surfaces. 

While Alexander Zverev shone brightest in London, where he claimed the Nitto ATP Finals crown, the...

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John Isner has averaged north of 1,000 aces per season for the past 10 years and just posted his second highest ace total to finish 2018.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Isner’s prodigious serving identifies that he hit 1,213 aces this year, which is second only to the 1,260 he crushed in 2015. He has averaged 1,024 aces per season during the past decade, which firmly cements his place as one of the biggest servers our sport has ever seen.

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Isner led the tour in most aces hit for the third straight season, and has now finished first in the category in six of the past 10 seasons. If anything, his serve is getting better, as he has not dipped below 1,000 aces in the past four seasons, after being under that mark in the previous three years.

Isner won the biggest title of his career earlier this season at the Miami Open presented by Itau, hitting 78 aces...

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Tennis photographers shoot tens of thousands of player images each year. Whittling that library down to just a handful of favourite photos is perhaps the hardest job of all.

But we tasked three of the best shooters in the sport - Getty Images' trio Clive Brunskill, Julian Finney and Matthew Stockman - to do just that. Below is the back story to each photographer's favourite image of the year and at bottom is a link to a gallery of more of their favourites from a memorable 2018 season.

Enjoy!

Clive Brunskill
Rafael Nadal’s dominance on clay and at Roland Garros is historic. And here, I was able to photograph him just after the championship-winning point in June. But what I love about this frame is that it also tells the story of Nadal’s opponent, Dominic Thiem, who is walking towards the net after being defeated.

Nadal is such a unique player to shoot because he plays with so much aggression and doesn’t shy away from displaying his...

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They were the six most jaw-dropping doubles shots from the 2018 ATP Challenger Tour season. Watch the magic moments of the year on the dubs circuit.

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Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com looks at the top five comebacks in Grand Slam matches in 2018.

5. David Goffin d. Gael Monfils, Third Round, Roland Garros (Match Stats)
The French faithful were roaring, “Allez! Allez!”; Gael Monfils was striding to his chair, chest out and a set up, and David Goffin was on the other side of the net, left to ponder how he'd come back against Monfils and the Roland Garros crowd.

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The ATP, governing body of men’s professional tennis, has announced the final shortlist of candidates bidding to host the ATP Finals. The cities of Manchester, England, Singapore, Tokyo, Japan, and Turin, Italy, have been selected by the ATP to progress and will now be assessed alongside London in the final phase of the bidding process to host the ATP Tour’s crown jewel event from 2021 to 2025.

The announcement of the final shortlist follows an extensive bid application process that began in August 2018 in which more than 40 cities worldwide expressed an interest in hosting the prestigious season-ending event. The final phase of the process will see the ATP visit the candidate cities to further review their respective visions for the ATP Finals, with a decision on the successful candidate to be made not before March 2019.  

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid...

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We count down the 10 most memorable shots on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2018.

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Alexander Zverev earned the biggest title of his career last month at The O2 in London, winning the prestigious Nitto ATP Finals. The last German to capture the season finale before Zverev was former World No. 1 Boris Becker, in 1995. Becker also triumphed at the event in 1988 and 1992. 

ATPWorldTour.com caught up with Becker in a wide-ranging conversation about Zverev, including his victory in London to how he can improve and what the future may hold.

A month ago Sascha earned the biggest win of his career at the Nitto ATP Finals. Now that there’s been some time, how important of a breakthrough do you believe that was for him?
I think it was the...

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Watch as Roger Federer takes you through the highlights of his 2018 ATP World Tour season. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images.

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Novak Djokovic wins an epic semi-final against Rafael Nadal which set up his straight-set win over Kevin Anderson in the final of Wimbledon.

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Amelie Mauresmo has decided against taking over as captain of France's Davis Cup team to instead coach Lucas Pouille.

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Andy Murray will use his protected ranking of world number two to gain entry to January's Australian Open.

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The move means a planned auction of the ex-tennis champion's trophies and memorabilia can go ahead.

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Britain's Andy Lapthorne loses in three sets to Paralympic champion Dylan Alcott in the Wheelchair Tennis Masters quad singles final in Orlando.

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Marin Cilic beat Lucas Pouille in straight sets to secure Croatia's second Davis Cup title.

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We take a look at East Midlands' Unsung Hero winner for 2018 - autistic tennis coach Matthew Chilvers who wants to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in sport.

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France keep their Davis Cup final hopes alive as Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Croatian pair Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic.

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International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty is "confident" a revamped Davis Cup and the new ATP Team Cup can join forces.

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Marin Cilic and Borna Coric both win to put Croatia 2-0 up in the Davis Cup final against hosts France.

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The ATP tinkered, altered and adjusted to try to quicken play -- all with the hope that a good time would be had by all.

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Marin Cilic clinched Croatia's second Davis Cup title as he beat France's Lucas Pouille 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-3 to give his side a decisive 3-1 lead in the final on Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic was excellent, while others struggled as the ATP is experiencing change -- from its stars to formats to grumblings about payouts.

12 min

Yes, Novak Djokovic fell in the ATP World Finals championship match, but his season will go down as perhaps the most important of his career.

12 min

Behind every great player is often a great coach. Such is the case for ATP World Tour Finals winner Alexander Zverev and his coach, Ivan Lendl.

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Alexander Zverev stunned Novak Djokovic to win his maiden ATP Finals title in dominant fashion at London's O2 Arena.

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He's become something of a superhero in Greece, and it's only a matter of time before the entire world knows Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is in pole position to advance to the semifinals of the ATP Next Gen Finals after securing a straight-sets victory over Frances Tiafoe.

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It was the first year since 2011 that Serena Williams didn't win a major, as players like Elina Svitolina yearn for consistency.

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Serena Williams showed us much more than a tennis cape in 2018. She showed us her human side.

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Williams reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals after her return last year but lost both, leaving her one short of Margaret Court's all-time record tally of grand slam singles titles

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We will be moving a package of sporting yearender reviews, slugged YEARENDER-XXXX/ at 0200GMT on Dec. 18.

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Nov 26 (OPTA) - Rankings from the ATP Tour singles

Rank Points
1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) 9,045
2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,480
3 Roger Federer (SUI) 6,420
4 Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,385
5 Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 5,300
6 Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4,710
7 Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,250
8 Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,095
9 Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,59

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Nov 26 (OPTA) - Rankings from the WTA Tour singles

Rank Points
1 Simona Halep (ROU) 6,921
2 Angelique Kerber (GER) 5,875
3 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 5,586
4 Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,350
5 Naomi Osaka (JPN) 5,115
6 Sloane Stephens (USA) 5,023
7 Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,630
8 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 4,465
9 Kiki Bertens (NED)

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Hattie, Tina and Melvin played a different kind of game of fetch on Thursday when the canines took to a London court for the opening of the Champions Tennis tournament - working alongside ball boys and girls.

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Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo has turned her back on becoming France's new Davis Cup captain, opting instead to work with French player Lucas Pouille.

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Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo has decided not to become France's new Davis Cup captain, opting instead to work with French player Lucas Pouille.

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Serena Williams will resume her quest for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January after organisers on Wednesday confirmed her entry to the tournament she won for a seventh time on her last appearance in 2017.

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Thousands of Croats danced and cheered in Zagreb's central square on Monday as they welcomed their national tennis team back home and celebrated its Davis Cup victory.

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Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan hailed his "dream team" after Marin Cilic sealed a second Davis Cup title for the Balkan nation by beating France's Lucas Pouille on Sunday.

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Yannick Noah launched an impassioned attack on the imminent Davis Cup revamp after his third spell as France captain ended in defeat in the final by Croatia on Sunday.

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Stanislas Wawrinka, who won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, says he deserved the crown after his final-round win over Rafael Nadal, who was contending with a back injury. The Swiss will move up to a career-high No. 3 ranking when they are released on Monday.

“To win a Slam, to be No. 3, both for me is a big surprise,” he said. “But I think more to win a Slam.  Because in the ranking you can be No. 3 without winning a Slam. But now it's both happening, so it's a big surprise. It's amazing feeling. I saw Roger [Federer] winning so many Grand Slams in the past, so now it's my turn to win one.  If you look the 10 past years, except [Juan Martin] Del Potro, it's only the top four guys who was winning all the Grand Slams. So, I will need time to realize what I did in these two weeks.  Because at the end, even if Rafa was injury, I think I deserve that Grand Slam because I won against Djokovic, No. 2; I won against Rafa.  I did amazing two weeks, and...

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt won the Australian Open men's double title in their first Grand Slam as a team with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday over Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen.

Kubot and Lindstedt dominated from the start, fending off the only breakpoint they faced and wrapping up the final in just an hour and five minutes.

Butorac and Klaasen — who had an upset win over top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan in the third round — upped their tempo in the second set to stay in touch, but could only watch as their opponents served out the match. In the first round, they beat local favorite Pat Rafter, who came out of retirement at the age of 41 to play doubles with Lleyton Hewitt.

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Melbourne, Australia (AP)—Daniel Nestor of Canada and Kristina Mladenovic of France combined to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win Sunday over sixth-seeded Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania.

Nestor and Mladenovic, who won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title last year, fended off all five break points they faced and broke the Mirza-Tecau combination four times in the 58-minute match.

''Kiki, she's the best mixed doubles player. She really helps me out on court,'' the 41-year-old Nestor said. ''I actually have to cover less of the court, which is perfect for me, because I'm so old. ''

Nestor has won all four majors in men's doubles. This was his second Australian Open mixed doubles title his victory at Melbourne Park in 2007.

 

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I’m not sure what Stanislas Wawrinka expected as he faced the prospect of becoming just the second man outside of the game’s Big Four to win a major title over the past 36 opportunities. Whatever it was could not have been what happened on the floor of Rod Laver Arena tonight, as Wawrinka won the most bizarre Grand Slam final in recent memory, overcoming an injured but unyielding Rafael Nadal over four sometimes brilliant, sometimes ghastly sets lasting two hours and 24 minutes. 

The final score was 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. And the question lingering after Wawrinka cracked the final ball, a forehand approach winner, was: “Just how badly is Nadal hurt?”

Wawrinka’s prospects looked grim going into the match, even though he had knocked knocked out No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. For one thing, he was winless against the tournament’s top seed in 12 tries. Moreover, he had never won a set in any of those matches. To top it off—no, wait, not yet—he...

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.

Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.

"It's really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I'll take it," said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title.

Nadal was a hot favorite to win at Melbourne Park and become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slam...

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—Defending champion Roger Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic are on course to face each in the Dubai Championships final after each moved into the quarterfinals Wednesday with straight set victories.

The world's two best players were joined by Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych who also won in straight sets. Berdych saved 12 of 14 break points to beat Tobias Kamke 7-5, 6-1, and Del Potro defeated Somdev Devvarman 6-4, 6-4 before hitting a few balls with former Argentina soccer star Diego Maradona.

Djokovic beat Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (4).

The top-ranked Djokovic broke Bautista-Agut three times to win the first set in 23 minutes and took a 3-0 lead in the second. But at 5-3 up and serving for the match, Bautista-Agut managed to break Djokovic and seemed to suddenly come alive - going on to save four match points to level the set at 5-5.

Djokovic produced a volleyed winner to go up 6-5 up,...

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The Tennis Channel and the FCC appear to have their backs against the wall in the network’s discrimination case against cable giant Comcast.

Last year, the FCC ordered Comcast to provide equal treatment to Tennis Channel in its tier placement, ruling that it must be on the same tier as the two sports networks it owns, the Golf Channel and NBC Sports.

But on Monday, judges on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit panel expressed concern about whether the Tennis Channel's complaint was issued on time, and whether the FCC’s order affected its First Amendment rights.

A variety of outlets reported that Senior Judge Harry Edwards appeared ready to strike the FCC order on the grounds that the Tennis Channel’s discrimination complaint was filed outside the one-year FCC complaint window.

One of the judges said that it was “ludicrous” for the FCC to suggest that a complaint could be filed anytime somebody wanted.

Tennis Channel argues that...

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Mardy Fish announces on Twitter that he plans on playing the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, which begins next week. He is also scheduled to play the LA Challenge exhibition next Monday night.

The 30-year-old has not played since he withdrew from his fourth-round match against Roger Federer at last year’s U.S. Open due to heart trouble. Fish reached the Indian Wells singles final in 2008; he partnered Andy Roddick to win the doubles title in 2009.

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Switzerland and Australia have agreed that the Swiss will host April Fed Cup playoff tie outdoors on red clay at the Tennis Club Chiasso in Chiasso.

Tennis Australia was originally awarded choice of ground, but the Fed Cup Committee has approved a proposal by the two nations to move the tie to Switzerland. As part of the agreement, Australia will now have choice of ground on the next two occasions Australia and Switzerland meet in Fed Cup.

The winner of the tie will advance to the World Group, while the loser will be relegated to World Group II competition next year.

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Former Delray Beach champion Ernests Gulbis tells the Sun Sentinel that there are players ranked inside the Top 100 who aren’t very good.

The Latvian, who had to qualify for this week's tournament in Delray Beach, has seen his ranking drop from a career-high No. 21 in February 2011 to No. 109.

“I was really getting pissed to see who's in the top 100,'' the 24-year-old Gulbis said. "There are some guys who I don't know who they are. Some guys, I'm sorry, with respect—they can't play tennis."

Gulbis, who has been said by some to have Top 10 potential, hired coach Gunther Berezniki last summer and said that he is in better shape and ready to fulfill his potential.

"This is the first year I really want to do this,'' Gulbis said. "I'm starting to enjoy tennis much more. Before I didn't like it, honestly. I...

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Non tennis posts.

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Croatia won its second Davis Cup title on Sunday when Marin Cilic beat Lucas Pouille 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-3 in the first Sunday singles to clinch for the Croats 3-1.

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The last Davis Cup final as we know it will be held this weekend in France.

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How does Alexander Zverev stack up with the greats like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray at the same age?

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Alexander Zverev reflects on winning the biggest title of his career.

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Follow Novak Djokovic's lead and go on a mountain hike.

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Novak Djokovic gives high praise for Alexander Zverev.

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Alexander Zverev just beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on back-to-back days to win the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals.

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Novak Djokovic seeks a 6th ATP Finals title Sunday against Alexander Zverev.

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A Federer-Djokovic title match at the ATP Finals ahead?