Germany’s Mischa Zverev suggests his brother Alexander Zverev will have to play a patient and tactical game if he wants to beat Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals.
Alexander, ranked at No. 3 in the world, is set to battle Djokovic for a place in the final at the ATP Finals.
Zverev has had success against Djokovic in the past, most recently beating the Serb in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal.
“To beat Djokovic you have to play perfectly, but also that Djokovic feels uncomfortable on the court. Djokovic usually finds a way to destroy his opponent. In a way, you have to play like Djokovic, try to irritate him and break his rhythm. You always have to do something he doesn’t expect,” Mischa said, per We Love Tennis.
“Sascha should try to play a long and exhausting match, so that Djokovic can get a little tired and nervous.”
Alexander Zverev resdy for the Djokovic challenge
Zverev is aiming to get a revenge over Djokovic as he lost to the Serb when they last met at the US Open.
“We have played each other in basically every single big hard-court event this year, at the ATP Cup, Australian Open, Olympics and US Open,” said Zverev. “So it’s only right that we play each other here as well.”
Zverev and Djokovic have played at the ATP Finals in the past and the German knows what it takes to beat the Serb at the season-ending event.
Zverev beat Djokovic in the 2018 ATP Finals final to lift his maiden title at the season-ending event.
“I’m looking forward to it,” added Zverev.. “It’s always interesting and close when we play each other, so I’m expecting another tough one… There will be a lot of long rallies, we will run a lot more and suffer, in a way, a lot more as well.
“I think every single match we have played has been close. We’ve needed to be at our best and one or two points decided the matches. I expect no different here as well.”