‘You can’t get the ball past Novak Djokovic’, says ATP star

Alexander Zverev has set his sights on improving his game to succeed in the semi-final match against Novak Djokovic on Saturday at the Nitto ATP Finals. The German star, who beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-4 to complete Group Green action with a 2-1 record on Friday, has already faced current No. 1 in the world four times this season. “We have faced each other in practically every big hard court event this year, at the ATP Cup, the Australian Open, the Olympics and the US Open,” said Zverev, who beat Djokovic on his way to the medal in gold at the Tokyo Olympics in August. “So it’s okay for us to face each other here as well.” Djokovic won their ATP Cup clash 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5 in February, and also prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (6 ) in the quarters of the Australian Open. While Zverev won his semi-final in Tokyo 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, before Djokovic beat the 24-year-old once again, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, in the semifinals of the US Open. “I’m looking forward to it,” said Zverev, before the 11th ATP Head2Head meeting between the two. “It is always interesting and close when we play with each other, so I look forward to another tough match… There will be a lot of long rallies, we will run a lot more and we will suffer, in a way, a lot more as well. I think every game we have played has been closed. We needed to do our best and one or two points decided the games. I don’t expect anything different here too”. The World No. 3 knows that Djokovic has a huge following in Italy, but Zverev has also enjoyed his time in Turin.

Cameron Norrie talks about Djokovic

In a phenomenal year for the ATP tour where there have been multiple break-through players across the season, Britain’s Cameron Norrie enjoyed fruitful results when he clinched his first-ever Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells last month. When asked on facing world no.1 Novak Djokovic, Norrie revealed that there was no particular game plan against the Serb as he is exceptional in every aspect of the game. “I think there’s no real game plan with Novak. He has such a complete game, moves so well, you can’t get the ball past him. I also think his first serve is very underrated. He’s a nightmare to play”. The Brit, who is yet to face Djokovic on a tour-level match, also rated him as the best mover on tour at the moment. “He’s pretty good in long rallies and he moves exceptionally well. He’s probably the best mover on Tour and his backhand is insane as well, so it’s tough. He’s a very good player”.

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