Alexander Zverev Sets Up Roger Federer Last-Four Clash — ATP Finals

Hope Soto
November 17, 2018

I think he can still play better than he did today and that is really scary for everybody else who is involved in this event Greg Rusedski on Novak Djokovic Djokovic could end up facing Roger Federer in the knockout stages, with the Swiss legend in the other group.

Zverev's win means Novak Djokovic is through as group victor. "Somehow I managed to gather the strength when I needed it".

Djokovic also said fans should be patient with the likes of Zverev and fellow youngsters like Croatia's Borna Coric and Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas as they seek to make their breakthroughs in the sport's biggest events. You're up against the absolute best in the world. "That's kind of all that matters".

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.

The top-ranked Djokovic and third-seeded Zverev engaged in a number of thrilling early exchanges, but it wasn't until the ninth game that Zverev earned the first break point of the match, aided by a friendly net cord.

The 30-year-old had point for a 4-0 lead and another one for 5-1 but allowed Zverev to claw his way back from a 1-4 deficit to take the set on a tiebreak, sealing it with a backhand pass.

Djokovic then double-faulted to give Zverev another chance to serve for the set.

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He is some way short of the complete article - which Lendl might remind him from time to time - but he brings energy, attitude and flair to the court, and that is gold dust for a sport that can not rely on the magic of 37-year-old Federer or 32-year-old Nadal - who is not at this tournament - for many more years.

Victory at the O2 Arena would cap a remarkable season for Djokovic, who has already secured the year-end No. 1 ranking after dropping as low as 22nd in June.

Cilic had a 7-3 advantage over the 33-year-old American, but Isner had won three of their last four matches. Marin Cilic and John Isner both lost their respective first match.

"It should be a very good match, I think one that the fans will certainly enjoy", Isner said.

Isner was wearing the initials "KM" on his shoes as a tribute to his close friend and former fitness coach, Kyle Morgan, who died earlier this week.

"If Sascha serves like that, he could have a very good shot at winning (against Federer)", Isner said. "I won't let that get in my head, make me go insane because it should be something I'm excited about and not something I should feel extra pressure".

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