Many media and fans had targeted Novak Djokovic as a strong favorite to defeat Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals on Sunday. The Serbian player had won four straight sets matches in his route to the final but he was expecting a tough match against the German, despite Novak had beaten him earlier this week in the same tournament.
'Psychologically you would think the player who won round-robin match coming into the finals would have more confidence because he won against the player few days before that. I knew that he's going to change something, he's going to play better, and he did.
I just played under par, so to say, comparing to all the matches I had so far this week', said Djokovic. Asked if the win over Roger Federer may have influenced Zverev's mentality and game, Djokovic replied: 'That's a question for him.
Certainly winning against Roger anywhere gives you a lot of confidence. I'm sure he took a lot of confidence and positivity from that win. It was a very close match. He stayed mentally tough and composed. He carried that into today's match.' Mike Bryan and Jack Sock instead won the doubles title defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the final.
Mike commented: 'To win here is just an epic experience. To finish a great year off the right way, winning here, against some of the best teams in the world. The way we did it, went down to the wire. It was pretty exciting.
But, yeah, unreal memories with Jack this year. Yeah, we're kind of closing the book on our partnership because Bob is coming back. Yeah, but we're always going to be great friends. Hang out in the off-season. We're going to spend the off-season together training.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title