Alexander Zverev’s 2020 season ended on Friday when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Nitto ATP Final. The world No.7 needed to beat the Serbian to reach the semi-finals, which would have knocked out the world No.1.
Instead, the 2018 champion will have to hunt for a second title at the year-end championships next season.
“It was a great year. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of big games, ”Zverev said. “I lost [in the] semi-finals in Australia, which I could have won. I lost the US Open final that I should have won, sort of. Finals at Bercy. This match here. So a lot of tough matches, a lot of tough times, but a good year for me. Lots of things to build on next year. “
The German has won just one set in three ATP Cup matches to start the season. But he quickly found his rhythm, reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open and his first major league game at the US Open.
Although his loss at Flushing Meadows still stings – Zverev let slip a two-set lead over Dominic Thiem – the 23-year-old is happy that he was able to find good enough form this year to earn those opportunities.
“You want to put yourself in these positions every time. The US Open game obviously still hurts, but everyone else, it’s great that I’m playing at this level again, ”Zverev said. “If it was normal [FedEx ATP] Ranking, a normal year, I think I would be much higher in the ranking than I am now. Still, it has been a good year and there is much to do for next year.
Zverev’s elimination from the season finale didn’t come because he played poorly. Djokovic was just too good on Friday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion and five-time Nitto ATP Finals title have won all of his 11 service matches.
Novak served incredibly well, I thought, today. I had to go far back to be of service. It was very difficult for me, ”Zverev said. “I started to play really well in the second set so a few points decided the set. Yeah, thanks to him. He’s doing [an] incredible work.
Zverev, who won his 12th and 13th titles this year in Cologne, ends his season with a 28-11 record and a fourth consecutive place in the year-end Top 10 in the FedEx ATP rankings.