ATP Finals 2020: Djokovic Downs Zverev To Storm Into Semi-Finals

Ross Houston
November 21, 2020

Daniil Medvedev's impressive win over Novak Djokovic on Wednesday night guaranteed the Russian the pass to the semifinals and, in addition, as the first of his group, named Tokyo 1970, where Nole is not yet assured of his presence in the next round.

Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals at the ATP Finals and eliminated Alexander Zverev on Friday by beating the German 6-3, 7-6 (4), ensuring the top four players in the world advanced at the season-ending event for the first time since 2004.

"So I was sad to hear and to know he's going through something like this".

"Obviously earlier in his career [Dominic] played his best on clay, but of course being one of the hardest workers on the Tour and most dedicated players, Dominic found his "A" game on all other surfaces", said Djokovic in an on-court interview.

Tennis has largely closed ranks around Zverev, with Australian Daria Gavrilova a notable exception in saying she believes Sharypova, and Djokovic has offered the German his support. "But I guess it wasn't developed and it wasn't there because we just did not have the cases like this", said Djokovic, who used to be president of the ATP's player council before he resigned earlier this year.

While I very much regret that these accusations are made, I have to stick to my initial thing of them being untrue and continue to deny them. "If not, is nearly impossible and I hope to be ready to make that happen".

It has been a massive turnaround for him after losing all the matches at ATP Finals previous year.

"There is nothing more that I can do".

Medvedev lost all three matches on his debut in the tournament a year ago, but struck 31 winners to overwhelm Schwartzman and go 3-0 in group play.

He said Austrian third seed Thiem, who won his first Grand Slam at the US Open in September, would be a tough opponent. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of big matches...

Medvedev hit 31 winners against Schwartzman and broke the Argentine three times.

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. "It is a great pleasure to play against all of them and I am really looking forward to tomorrow". "In the tie-break I just read his approach from 4-3, served well when I needed to close out the match".

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