Novak Djokovic * 4-2 Alexander Zverev
After an indifferent start, Zverev appears to be in the game. He made a quick catch to 15 with an exquisite sequence: backhand winner, ace, forehand winner.
Zverev is taking the ball and hitting freely in his service games, but the question is how much he can do with Djokovic’s serve.
Novak Djokovic 4-1 * Alexander Zverev
Another quick grab for No. 1. Zverev played a staggering point in the game at 15-0, producing a tremendous defensive backhand before finishing the point with a winner over the top. For the rest, Djokovic had no problem. At 30-15, Zverev overcame a setback after a long point and then Djokovic finished with a great serve on the T.
Novak Djokovic * 3-1 Alexander Zverev
A good service game from Zverev to get on the board. It ended with a 30-0 winning inside-out forehand and then a compelling winning backhand down the line to keep the love going. You will have to take control like this if you want to win today.
Novak Djokovic 3-0 * Alexander Zverev
Djokovic consolidated the break with a quick grab at 15. At 15-15, he hit a serve without returning and then followed it up with a quick serve 1-2 forehand. He closed the game with the shot that has cost him many points so far this week: a winning shot. Perfect start.
Novak Djokovic * 2-0 Alexander Zverev
Djokovic immediately breaks serve with ease. After a couple of careless errors by Zverev to fall 0-30, Djokovic nailed a brilliant cross backhand shot that kissed the line. At the second break point, Zverev double-faulted.
A reminder: Djokovic generated one (1) break point against Medvedev in the entire match.
Novak Djokovic 1-0 * Alexander Zverev
With no worries in the world, Djokovic stops in the first game of the match. He opened with an incredible point, scoring a great drop volley winner after a long rally. After good service, he closed it with no-return service.
As a reminder, here is my article from last week on the allegations of domestic abuse from Alexander Zverev’s ex-girlfriend, Olya Sharypova.
Novak Djokovic will start his serve now. A great match. Let’s see how this goes.
The players are on the court. The great Mohammed Lahyani will be the referee today and thus addressed the players:
“We have a lot of help on this court. As usual, we have live hawk-eye … we have the service clock in every corner, we have TV changes, we have everything! Anything else you want?
Novak Djokovic leads Alexander Zverev 3-2 in the head-to-head. On indoor, they are 1-1 with both memorable results at the 2018 ATP Finals. Djokovic easily won 6-4 6-1 in the free-for-all group, then Zverev turned the tables with perhaps the best match of his career so far. , winning 6-4 6-3.
Hi! Welcome to our coverage of Day 6 of the ATP Finals in London as we look for who will take last place in Saturday’s semi-final lineup. Again, there are no complex calculations here. As Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev square off this afternoon, the winner will seal the final spot against Dominic Thiem and the loser will go home.
This will be a very interesting match for Djokovic. On Wednesday, he was dismantled by a near-flawless Daniil Medvedev who served and came back extremely well while making very few mistakes during the match. Djokovic started well, but then he just couldn’t hold out with Medvedev after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. He struggled to pierce the Russian’s defense and did not have the patience to get through some of the longer rallies, often salvaging points with drop shots or excessive groundstrokes.
What did that match say about Djokovic? First, between recent encounters with Medvedev, Pablo Carreño Busta and Rafael Nadal, there is mounting evidence that he does not have the patience of yesteryear against players who can do extremely physical things.
One also wonders if his killer instinct is a bit lacking in an event that doesn’t really add much to his legacy. What are you playing here for? He’s already won the ATP Finals many times, he’s secured # 1 until at least the Australian Open final and it will probably be enough to usurp Roger Federer’s # 1 all-time record he’s chasing. Although he was clearly giving 100%, it seems reasonable that a free-for-all match in the ATP Finals versus no one at this point in their career would not elicit the same passion as matches on the bigger stages. We saw that same dynamic in action a few weeks ago when he lost to Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna and he admitted that he wasn’t particularly involved in it. Now, with his tournament fate at stake, we’ll see what he looks like today.
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