Defending champion Alexander Zverev thrashed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4 in the ATP Finals on Monday, November 11th.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner came into the match carrying a slight injury but was determined to finish the year ahead of his fierce rival Novak Djokovic.
Nadal had won all five of the previous meetings against Zverev but looked completely out of sorts after making several errors in the first set. He conceded two breaks of his own serve and was eventually broken in the fifth game as Zverev won the first set 6-2.
The Russian was full of confidence and took a 3-1 lead in the second set. Nadal began to show some hope of a comeback as he eventually fought his way back to make it 4-3.
But Zverev proved too strong and eventually won the set 6-4 to seal his first win over Nadal in straight sets.
AFP reported that Nadal refused to use his supposed injury or anything else as an excuse for the defeat. "The physical issue was not an excuse at all," the Spaniard said, adding, "The only excuse is I was not good enough tonight."
Zverev on the other hand was delighted with his performance. "This means so much, playing here again after winning my biggest title so far in my career here last year," he said. "This means everything to me.