Djokovic defeated! Zverev in the final of the ATP Finals


Olympic tennis champion Alexander Zverev is in the final of the ATP Finals in Turin. As in the summer in Tokyo, he eliminated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Tokyo vibes in Turin: Alexander Zverev can crown the most successful season of his career after the next coup against Novak Djokovic. At the ATP Finals, the German number one wrestled the exceptional Serbian player 7: 6 (7: 4), 4: 6, 6: 3 in the high-class new edition of the memorable Olympic semifinals after the last big title of the year.

In the final on Sunday (5:00 p.m. / Sky), Zverev can secure the second triumph in the season finale after 2018 – but he will face his fearful opponent there again. For the perfect end to the year, the Olympic champion has to defeat the Russian defending champion Daniil Medvedev.

Already in the preliminary round in Turin, the world number two and the one place lower classified Zverev met. US Open Champion Medvedev had just won in the tie-break of the third set on Tuesday and clinched the fifth victory in a row over the Hamburger.

Zverev and Djokovic serve outstandingly

For Zverev it was the second success this year in the fifth duel with the exceptional Serbian player Djokovic on Saturday evening, when their paths crossed at the four most important hard court events. At the Australian Open and the US Open, Djokovic had the upper hand, but the 24-year-old German achieved the surprise victory on the way to the gold medal in Tokyo, with which he shattered Djokovic’s dream of the Golden Slam.

The semifinals in Turin had therefore promised a lot, and world number one Djokovic was also expecting another high-class duel. “It will be a fight, both physically and mentally,” said the 20-time major winner in advance – and he was right.

Both players served excellent, long rallies hardly came about at first. That only changed towards the end of the first sentence. A fantastic rally with a better ending for the Serbs was acknowledged by around 7,000 fans with frenetic cheers. A high-class match picked up speed – and both players suddenly had opportunities.

Zverev goes into the third set with his visor open

First Zverev fended off a set ball with his own serve, but was then unable to use two break opportunities. In the tie-break, Djokovic then showed nerves with a double fault, and Zverev took the lead shortly afterwards – deservedly because he was the braver player.

In the second set, too, the top German player was initially more snappy and put the favorites under further pressure. Djokovic was able to free himself again and again from the defensive – and sensed his chance. Suddenly the Serb became more dominant, returned strong and immediately took the serve to 5: 4 from Zverev. The Hamburger fought against the equalizer, but Djokovic used the fifth set ball.

The opponents went into the decisive set with their sights open, the tension of the match was unbeatable – and Djokovic wavered. With the break to 3: 1, Zverev grabbed the decisive advantage, even if he wobbled again a little later on his own serve. Shortly before midnight, however, he crowned his brilliant performance.


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