22 May 2017

Zverev stuns Djokovic to win Italian Open

7:00 am on 22 May 2017

German youngster Alexander Zverev pulled off the biggest win of his career when he beat world No.2 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the Italian Open.

German tennis player Alexander Zverev during his 2017 Hopman Cup win over Roger Federer.

German tennis player Alexander Zverev in action Photo: Photosport

Zverev, 20, was on top from the moment that he broke Djokovic in the very first game as he became the youngest winner of a Masters 1000 tournament since the Serb himself in Miami, in 2007.

He controlled play from the back of the court with his fluid two-handed backhand and heavy forehand.

Zverev broke again in the third game of the second set and clinched the match with another break in the ninth game.

Djokovic, who has wrestled with injuries and lack of confidence since winning the French Open last June, had looked his old dominant self when he beat Dominic Thiem in Saturday's semi-final but was unable to recapture that form on Sunday.