Novak Djokovic beats Alexander Zverev to succeed in semis at ATP Finals | Tennis Information

LONDON: Novak Djokovic out-battled Alexander Zverev to qualify for the final 4 on the ATP Finals on Friday, staying on observe to match Roger Federer‘s file of six titles on the end-of-season occasion.
The Serbian high seed, who was crushed comprehensively by Daniil Medvedev in his second round-robin match, was once more under his greatest at London’s O2 Area however did sufficient to win 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).
The five-time winner finishes second in Group Tokyo 2020 behind Medvedev and can play third-seed Dominic Thiem within the semi-finals on Saturday.
Second-seed Rafael Nadal, looking for his first win on the elite eight-man occasion, will face Medvedev within the different semi-final after ending second in Group London 2020.
Djokovic broke Germany’s Zverev on the first time of asking within the empty stadium and raced right into a 3-Zero lead, threatening to run away with the match — a repeat of the 2018 remaining, which Zverev received in straight units.
The 33-year-old seemed targeted after his uncharacteristic mauling by Medvedev, serving himself out of hassle when he discovered himself trailing 15-40 within the seventh recreation.
That proved to be the final likelihood for Zverev within the set and 17-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic hammered a backhand winner down the road to take it 6-3.
Djokovic handed Zverev a break level within the fourth recreation of the second set after double-faulting however the German couldn’t capitalise.
The 23-year-old fifth seed saved two break factors on his serve within the following recreation, letting out a roar as he stored his nostril in entrance.
The set went to a tie-break. Zverev earned an early mini-break however Djokovic levelled and the strain was again on the German, who faltered at hand the Serbian victory.
Djokovic, who lately equalled Pete Sampras’s file of six year-end primary finishes, has the prospect to finish the coronavirus-truncated 2020 season on a excessive by becoming a member of the absent Federer on six titles.
Medvedev will tackle eighth-seed Diego Schwartzman, within the night match, which is a lifeless rubber.
The O2 Area is internet hosting the occasion for the 12th and remaining season earlier than the championships transfer to Turin.

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