Novak Djokovic reaches ATP Finals semis, beats Alexander Zverev in straight sets

Novak Djokovic Beats Alexander Zverev To Reach Semis ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic Beats Alexander Zverev To Reach Semis ATP Finals

For the second day in a row at London's O2, one of the world's top two tennis players found himself in a straight shoot-out for a place in the last four.

Novak Djokovic defeated Alexander Zverev to set up a semi-final clash against US Open champion Dominic Thiem at the Nitto ATP Finals.

"Being one of the hardest workers on the tour, one of the most dedicated players, Dominic (Thiem) has found his A-game on all surfaces".

Djokovic breezed through his opening service game, producing a superb drop volley, before he took control of the set with a key break.

"I played him previous year here and I lost ... it was really a thrilling match. Hopefully we can have another great match but this time with a different outcome".

Having lost his last group match in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic started on the front foot and cruised to a set lead with relative ease. He brought up two match points with a hefty first serve before pressurising Zverev into an error to complete victory. I played him past year here - I lost 7-6 in the third set.

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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.

Rafael Nadal will take on Daniil Medvedev in the other semifinal match. The five-time victor finishes second in Group Tokyo 2020 behind Medvedev and will play third-seed Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Sunday's final will end the tournament's memorable 12-year stay in London before it re-locates to Turin.

There won't be a chance for fans to say farewell to the stage that's hosted the Finals since 2009, with matches being played behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

Round-robin action concludes later on Friday with Medvedev looking to complete a sweep of the group by beating Argentine debutant Diego Schwartzman who can not progress.

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