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Novak Djokovic beats Alexander Zverev, advances to semifinals at ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic beats Alexander Zverev, advances to semifinals at ATP Finals”

Initially, the ATP Finals organization initially scheduled the match at 3:00 p.m., a match that will broadcast #Vamos, but he must confirm the time this Friday: today Medvedev plays against Schwartzman (first classified against eliminated) at 21:00, so the Russian would have, despite winning his group, only 16 hours of rest for the momentous duel.

Nadal has a 3-0 record against him but the last two matches were battles: Nadal won their 2019 U.S. Open final in five sets, and came from 5-1 down in the last set of their ATP Finals group match a year ago.

"Obviously earlier in his career he played his best on clay but of course being one of the hardest workers on the tour, the most dedicated players, Dominic found his "A" game on all other surfaces", added Djokovic.

"His first Grand Slam title came on hard courts earlier this year in NY". I played him past year here and lost 7-6 in the third set. It was really a thrilling match. "Hopefully we can have another great match, but hopefully this time with another outcome".

Djokovic will finish second in the Tokyo Group, and with Spanish World No. 2 Rafael Nadal finishing second in the London Group, they have avoided a semifinal clash.

Nole made a fast start on Centre Court, as he covered the court well and capitalised on Zverev errors to earn a 3-0 lead.

Zverev dug in his heels and Djokovic looked frustrated at times and twice had to hold serve to stay in the second set.

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Djokovic broke Germany's Zverev at the first time of asking in the empty stadium and raced into a 3-0 lead, threatening to run away with the match - a repeat of the 2018 final, which Zverev won in straight sets.

The set went to a tie-break. The Serbian served with accuracy to save two break points at 4-2 and closed the set two games later with a backhand victor down the line.

Djokovic had managed just a solitary break point in the whole match during a defeat to Medvedev on Wednesday, but when offered an early chance on Zverev's serve he nailed a crosscourt passing shot before his opponent double faulted.

"It was a great year".

"I have not talked with him about that specific case", the world No1 said of Zverev. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of big matches...

The 23-year-old reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and the US Open final.



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