After the victory at the Olympics, Alexander Zverev’s new prestigious success against world number one Novak Djokovic. The German champion beats his Serbian rival after a battle of about two and a half hours and gets the pass for the final against Daniil Medvedev, a tennis player who has already beaten him (in the third tiebreaker) during the group stage. A very lively and enjoyable match, perhaps the best of these Turin Atp Finals. Now the German has the chance to win the year-end Finals for the second time in his career. The two players both start very strong in the service and the games flow forward quickly. Novak quickly closes his batting rounds making big numbers with the first one and Zverev imitates him. It goes on until 5-4 where the Serbian has the first real chance of the match. Djokovic accelerates and has the first set point which Sascha cancels with a great first and returns to a draw. In the next game it is the German who has the first chance, but Djokovic is once again a machine and cancels the two break points (one also with the serve and volée). We arrive at the tiebreak with the two tennis players who advance with the service with the Serbian who uses more and more the descents to the net on the service. The first minibreak arrives for Zverev who takes advantage of a double fault from Djokovic and advances 4-2. Nole shortens the gap and goes 4-3. Zverev goes again and with the service closes the first set 7-6.
Djokovic began the year winning the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic’s bid for a sixth ATP Finals crown ended in the semifinals as he lost to Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-4, 3-6. In his post-match conference, he spoke about his season, the upcoming Davis Cup, his relationship with Zverev, and his performance in the semifinal. “He’s one of the best servers in the world, we decided before the match. He showed tonight why that is a fact. I mean, he got himself out of trouble few times with serve.” Nevertheless, he enjoyed his time on the court and thought it was a high-quality match. “I was serving pretty good, as well. I just had the one very bad game in the third set. Three forehand, one backhand unforced error, really from pretty easy position. Yeah, just wasted really the match in that game. Even though I thought it was quite even, had some chances to come back, 2-4 down in the third, just missed again, a forehand long. Yeah, tough match. But I enjoyed it. I thought it was a really good battle, really high-quality tennis. We pushed each other, as we always do.”