Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Djokovic confirmed as semi-finalist at ATP Finals

Djokovic confirmed as semi-finalist at ATP Finals

All seven round-robin matches played so far this week have been won in straight sets. "It wasn't a great quality tennis match, to be honest".

With Cristiano Ronaldo watching from the crowd, Djokovic secured his second break at 3-3 in the second and went on to dispatch Isner with the minimum of fuss.

Zverev said earlier this week he won't be representing Germany because it's too tough an ask so late in the year.

Prior to this though, we have two matches in the Kuerten Group, with Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev meeting at around 1400 United Kingdom time, to get proceedings underway.

In stark contrast to second seed Roger Federer, Djokovic hit just six unforced errors and won 86% of points on his serve.

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After defeating Cilic in his opening match, Zverev still has a chance to become the first German since 2003 to advance to the semifinals of the season-ending competition. That's where I think I'll take it as a normal quarterfinal match at a normal tournament.

Zverev, who has a Tour-leading 55 match wins this year, went toe-to-toe with Djokovic from the baseline and looked to have the baseline firepower to worry his opponent, striking 15 winners in the opening set.

Marin Cilic earned just his second ATP Finals win in 11 attempts by fighting back from a set down to defeat John Isner as Novak Djokovic booked his spot in the semi-finals.

Djokovic, who helped Serbia win the title in 2010, is not convinced the two new events can survive. I managed to get three breaks of John's serve which is sometimes mission impossible, but I managed to be at the right place at the right time, and I held my serve very well and played solid.

Breaks of serve were exchanged in the second set before Cilic was required to save a match point at 4-5.

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"Playing Zverev, who also had a straight-sets win today, I look forward to that", Djokovic told media in London.

Zverev then made a spate of errors in the next game to bring up set point for Djokovic, and double-faulted to hand the Serb the lead.

"From what I've heard from conversations with people from all of the sides, different sides in this sport, they all want to have one event because it's over-saturated with different cups, different events". You have to give him credit for that, qualifying for World Tour Finals two years in a row.

Cilic kept his hopes of a semifinal berth alive as he came through this year's first three-setter - improving his record at the tournament to a still dismal 2-9.

"There was a little bit of luck involved", said Cilic, who could have to beat Djokovic for only the third time in 19 meetings on Friday to progress.

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