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20 year-old Alexander Zverev beat former world no.1 Novak Djokovic to win the Rome Masters 6-4,6-3.

The German, who has risen through the ranks over the past 2 seasons, see off a rattled Djokovic, who performed nowhere near he did, when beating Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.

Zverev, who by taking the title, became the youngest Masters winner since Djokovic in 2007, beat American John Isner in the other semi-final.

It was the man 10 years younger, though, who dominated the match in key stages, where breaking the Djokovic serve early in the first set and then second, see the German take the title and on the verge of being in the top 10 of the world’s elite players.

Speaking after, the German was just delighted to have played one of the greats. “If I have half the career Novak has had, I will be just fine.”

Meanwhile, Djokovic who has been without a coaching team, after letting most of them go, last month, has announced that he will be working with former American great Andre Agassi in the coming months. He will be joining Djokovic, after letting Boris Becker go in December last year. Agassi who’s career finished in 2006 US Open, will join the Serbian in Paris for the French Open which begins next week.

In the women’s event In Rome, Elina Svitolina took her fourth title of the season, with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Simona Halep.

Meanwhile, with Serena Williams absent from the tour, some of the big hitters are announcing surprise returns after brief hiatus’.

With Maria Sharapova, out of the French Open, she will go to Birmingham for warm-up invitation ahead of qualifying for Wimbledon. If she makes it there, she may well be joined by Victoria Azarenka, who after having her baby son, is ready to return to the circuit. She will possibly play a warm-up match also, ahead of Wimbledon.

Added to the comebacks is Petra Kvitova. She has intiated that she will play Wimbledon and may also play the French. This comes after a knife attack last year at her home.

 


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