Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

ATP Finals: Djokovic outclasses Zverev and secures semi-final place

ATP Finals: Djokovic outclasses Zverev and secures semi-final place

At the Final tournament ATP in London decided the first party 1/2 final.

However, Zverev had the first two break point opportunities at 4-4 after Djokovic double-faulted, but the Wimbledon and US Open champion escaped with a drop shot to remain ahead.

The net game always looked unsafe for Zverev and so it proved as he double-faulted to concede the set.

World No1 and top seed Novak Djokovic was looking as dominant as he had since June-32 wins from 34 matches-in beating John Isner, and was, understandably, the favourite to win his sixth title at the season's grand finale.

It was the first singles match of this year's event to go to a deciding set.

He double-faulted to concede the set and despite hanging on to level at 1-1 in the second, his resistance crumbled quickly as Djokovic reeled off the last five games.

"Maybe he was a little bit sick or something like that, " Zverev said.


Djokovic finished the match with 22 winners and just 6 unforced errors. Zverev is obviously the leader of that next generation.

"I think I'll take it as a normal quarter-final match at a normal tournament", said the German, who beat Croatia's Cilic in his opening match on Monday. He has proven himself. He has won many Masters events already, I think three in his career, which is quite impressive.

Tennis's world governing body the ITF was given the green light in August to launch a new Davis Cup format next year, culminating in an 18-nation finals week to be held at the end of November in Madrid. "How long that's going to go for, we don't know".

All seven round-robin matches played so far this week have been won in straight sets, but for a while it appeared as though the crowd would be given full value for their ticket.

Cilic wobbled briefly, handing the break back with a woeful game, but struck again with some bludgeoning groundstrokes and kept his composure to claim the win.

He would, Djokovic said on court, look forward to some downtime with his family until his next match on Friday, but he will surely also fit in a couple of hours' tennis viewing to see just how that evening match pans out.

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