After admitting that he suffered physically in a heavy loss against Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic is set for a must-win victory over Alexander Zverev in the Nitto ATP Finals. World number one Djokovic arrived in London as a massive favorite to win a sixth title, but was off form in his second group match at The O2, losing seven games in a row 6-3 6-3.
The Russian, with the excellence of his movement and the accuracy of his shots.pic.twitter, managed the rare feat of shutting down Djokovic’s game. “I had a pretty bad seventh game in a row, which I lost after leading 3-2. In no time it was 6-3 and 3-0 to him. I can’t let something like that happen when you play against one of the best players in the world. We both started well, it was a pretty even match until 3:3, but at 3:3 it was just a very long game, a couple of game points that I didn’t convert. After the break he was on a roll, I made a few unforced errors, I lost the level of play and the fitness, I struggled to find the right rhythm for 15 minutes. “I had a pretty bad seventh game in a row, which I lost after leading 3-2. It was 6-3 and 3-0 to him in no time. When you play again, I can’t let something like that happen. He served exceptionally well, moved wonderfully well. From my side, it wasn’t just a perfect match, I think I could and should have done better, but I have to give him credit for playing at a high level. Medvedev wins Schwartzman group is out of contention Djokovic vs. Zverev’s winner will progress to the semifinals #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/vg6TC6aPO8- ATP Tour (@atptour) November 18, 2020 Medvedev didn’t win a match on his debut 12 months “Well, that’s not the case. I’m already number one in the group, which is great. It wasn’t the best match from him.The World No.1 is [email protected] dominates Novak Djokovic to advance to the semifinals #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/rq4a6uduZE- Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) November 18, 2020 “Everyone has bad days. What happened, I don’t know. Perhaps he just didn’t feel adequately secure. Beating the big three on any given day is very difficult. Earlier, Zverev fought his way to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over debutant Diego Schwartzman, whose dreams of making the last four are now over.Schwartzman was facing a second convincing loss after losing to Djokovic on Monday when he was down 3-1 in the second set and facing points for a double break. @AlexZverev is up & going in London. His first victory of the week is picked up by the 2018 champion.#NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/K9lNhCrVoO- ATP Tour (@atptour) November 18, 2020But he fought back to win five of the next six matches and settle the match. It was Zverev who stepped up when it counted, but to have any hope of beating Djokovic, the 2018 champion would undoubtedly need to perform at a consistently higher standard. “The same way I’ve been dealing with it the last few weeks. Nothing changes, I think I’ve said enough about it. I’m here to play tennis. I did my job today and I have to do it again on Friday.”The last few weeks I’ve been dealing with it the same way I’ve been dealing with it. Nothing changes, I think I’ve said enough about it. I’m here to play tennis.