Djokovic completes ATP Finals last four after victory against Zverev
November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Novak Djokovic advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals after a straight-sets victory over Alexander Zverev on Friday.
(CNN)Novak Djokovic advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals after a straight-sets victory over Alexander Zverev on Friday.
Both men knew the winner of their final round-robin match would face reigning US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, in the semifinals on Saturday and Djokovic is well aware of the challenge ahead.
His first grand slam came on a hard court earlier this year in New York," Djokovic said after his match.
Hopefully, we can have another great match but hopefully with a different outcome. "
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Having lost his last group match in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic started on the front foot and cruised to a set lead with relative ease.
However, Zverev began to find his rhythm as the match progressed and his first serve began dominating proceedings.
But it was a case of too little too late for the 2018 champion as Djokovic expertly held his nerve in the second-set tiebreak -- the Serb has only lost one tiebreak this season.
"I felt great, early in the first set he had a couple of breakpoint chances but I managed to serve well in the important moments," Djokovic added.
"Contrary to the last match against Daniil (Medvedev) I just managed to find the right shots at the right time.
An in-form Medvedev will face Rafael Nadal in the other semifinal on Saturday with the season-ending finale set for Sunday.
There won't be a chance for fans to say farewell to the stage that's hosted the Finals since 2009, with matches being played behind closed doors due to the pandemic.