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

Elena Summers
November 16, 2018

Day four's action at the ATP Tour Finals sees the second set of matches from the Kuerten Group. "It wasn't a great quality tennis match, to be honest".

Zverev missed out on a semi-final berth on his debut at the season-ender previous year and will need to beat John Isner on Saturday to have a chance of sticking around for the weekend.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Alexander Zverev of Germany during their ATP World Tour Finals men's singles tennis match at the O2 arena in London on November 14, 2018.

In stark contrast to second seed Roger Federer, Djokovic hit just six unforced errors and won 86% of points on his serve.

Novak Djokovic overcame an illness - and Alexander Zverev - to advance to the last four of the ATP Finals. I managed to get three breaks of John's serve which is sometimes mission impossible, but I managed to be at the right place at the right time, and I held my serve very well and played solid.

The barren run of close contests was finally broken last night, though, when Marin Cilic defeated John Isner 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4, which guaranteed Djokovic's qualification for the semi-finals.

Djokovic, who replaced the injured Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings last week, has stormed up the charts this year following elbow surgery and a period of indifferent form, winning Wimbledon and the US Open along the way.

"That's the issue. But I've said it before", Zverev, whose 55 match wins this year is more than any other player, told reporters.

"Zverev is obviously the leader of that next generation". "He wasn't close to his best in the second set so it looked a bit easier than expected because he served very well in the first set, but it dropped in the second set and allowed me to step in". 6-1, and would go on to win his 32nd Masters title. You have to give him credit for that, qualifying for World Tour Finals two years in a row.

Zverev's earlier win over Cilic in the round-robin means both those players still have a chance of reaching the semifinals for the first time.

Zverev had finished an otherwise extremely tidy opening set with a first double-fault to hand the initiative to Djokovic, and he simply could not wrestle it back.

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.

What had promised to be a real battle petered out into a another one-sided affair and the seventh consecutive group match this year not to go the distance.

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