“It was an unbelievably special moment,” Zverev said. “It was the World Tour Finals where you only play the best eight players in the world. It doesn’t happen anywhere else, not even the slams.
“Before that week I didn’t play my best. I had the mentality [that] this is the last week of season and just to enjoy it.
“I had no expectation and no set goal to win the title. I take from that week as well and try to take it to the Grand Slams now as well – enjoy playing biggest stadiums against the best players.
“I think that was maybe the most important thing about that tournament.”
Under cloudy but sweltering conditions at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, Bedene started the quicker of the two, landing the first break at 3-all.
It could not have been a better catalyst for Zverev.
He went on an absolute tear, thumping down his fifth aces to notch eight straight games before the Slovenian could stem the flow.