Djokovic sees off Zverev to reach semifinals at ATP Finals

Djokovic sees off Zverev to reach semifinals at ATP Finals

Djokovic was speaking after he made it through to the semi-finals Nitto ATP Finals with victory against Alexander Zverev.

The 33-year-old Serb will face U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem in Saturday's first semi-final while Nadal plays Medvedev, the most impressive player here this week. "His first grand slam came on a hard court earlier this year in New York", Djokovic said after his match.

A year ago, Nadal summoned gladiatorial defiance denying a match point at 1-5 down in the final set subduing Medvedev 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in an ATP Finals round-robin thriller. "Hopefully, we can have another great match but this time with a different outcome".

Medvedev, who topped Group Tokyo 1970, will meet Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal in the other last-four clash at the empty O2 Arena.

Bouncing back from a straight-set loss to Medvedev on Wednesday, Djokovic broke Zverev to take a 2-0 lead in the first set when his opponent double-faulted on the second break point.

Zverev's groundstrokes and powerful serve posed more problems for Djokovic in the second set, and the German gained an early advantage in the tiebreaker by reaching a drop shot before hitting an unreturnable smash to lead 2-0.

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Djokovic then closed out his service games, as he sealed the first set with a backhand down the line which the 23-year-old Zverev had no answer for.

"I sincerely wish for him that he overcomes this soon and that he can focus on his life and tennis career", Djokovic said, as well as suggesting the ATP should adopt a policy on domestic abuse.

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow", Medvedev said.

The Russian, who is on a hot streak after winning the Paris Masters earlier this month, found some astonishing angles in a breathtaking display of hitting.

Defeat by Russian Daniil Medvedev had left the five-time champion needing to beat Germany's Zverev to avoid a group stage exit and he obliged with a relatively comfortable win.

The tournament is being held at the O2 Arena in London for the last time before it moves to Turin in 2021. "It is true that, at the end, I was lucky and he made a couple of mistakes to close the match".

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