The Austrian third seed’s 7-5, 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/5) win ended Djokovic’s hopes of equalling Roger Federer’s record of six titles at the elite eight-man event.
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He said Zverev’s triumph at the ATP Finals over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in consecutive days was enough proof.
The 37-year-old Federer, whose 99 titles are second only to the 109 of Jimmy Connors, began the day’s first semi-final as favourite.
World number one, Novak Djokovic, produced a rock-solid performance to dismantle the challenge of German firebrand Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old Swiss played poorly in defeat against Kei Nishikori on Sunday and then skipped practice on Monday.
Novak Djokovic has led the way in the latest men’s tennis rankings as he starts his bid for a sixth title at the ATP Finals.
Nadal announced Monday on Twitter that he is done for the year, citing the same stomach muscle issue that forced him to withdraw from last week’s Paris Masters.
“It’s frustrating for me not to be able to compete in London,” Del Potro, who last played in the event in 2013 since when he has been plagued by injuries, said in an ATP statement
Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic have been forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters with both players’ seasons now in doubt.
As if clocking up a first victory over Rafael Nadal was not enough, Goffin continued breaking new ground by causing an upset against Federer to claim the biggest win of his career
Six-times champion Federer had booked his place in the semi-finals with victory over German trailblazer Alexander Zverev, but any notion that he would coast through his final group match proved wide off the mark
Nadal announced last year he would sue Roselyne Bachelot after she made comments in a television interview suggesting he had taken performance enhancing drugs in 2012
“I‘m not ready to play… I fought a lot knowing it was my last match of the season,” the world number one, who had also quit midway through the Paris Masters tournament two weeks ago, told reporters following his 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4 defeat by Goffin