Novak Djokovic shows big respect for Alexander Zverev ahead of ATP Finals matchup

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic expects an extremely tough job when he meets third-ranked Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals. 

Djokovic, who is chasing a sixth ATP Finals crown, is set to meet Zverev in the semifinal at the tournament. 

Zverev is having a big season, having captured two Masters titles as well as an Olympic gold at the Tokyo Olympics. 

En route to winning the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev surprised Djokovic. 

“It’s going to be a big challenge, he’s one of the best servers in the game, had probably the best season of his careers. Indoors, definitely Top 3, he moves well, can attack and defend. It’s going to be a battle,” Djokovic said of the Zverev matchup, per Sasa Ozmo. 

Djokovic knows on what he will need to focus

Zverev has a big serve and the conditions at the ATP Finals are extremely fast. 

“Sascha is playing well. He is obviously one of the best players in the world, arguably the best serve, it is definitely up there. It is going to be tough. The conditions are quick, so that will be one of the keys, how well will I serve and return,” Djokovic added. 

On Friday, Djokovic saw off Cameron Norrie 6-2 6-1 to finish the group with a perfect 3-0 record. 

“I tried not to think about tomorrow’s semi-final,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “It is not easy to walk on the court knowing you have already qualified and you know your opponent. I tried to be professional and I tried to give my best and I played really well. It was the first time we have played each other. I took the time away from Cameron. I analysed his game and knew the game plan and executed it very well.”

Djokovic captured four consecutive ATP Finals titles between 2012 and 2015. 

Djokovic is determined to end his drought and win his first ATP Finals title since 2015. 

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