Alexander Zverev Beats Novak Djokovic, To Face Daniil Medvedev In ATP Finals
Alexander Zverev booked his place in Sunday’s final against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev as he outclassed world number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday.
A tight first set saw both players look comfortable on serve until Djokovic, helped by clinching a 34-shot rally with a deft backhand, earned a set point at 5-4.
Zverev saved that and was unable to take two break points himself in the next game as the opener moved into a tie-break.
The 2018 champion continued to play with patience, power and precision, allowing him to edge the tie-break and become the first opponent to take a set off 34-year-old Djokovic this week.
There were signs early in the second set of Djokovic losing focus, only for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to recover strongly and break for 5-4 before serving out to force a decider.
Zverev broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set after Djokovic lost patience in the rallies and made four unforced errors in the game.
After surviving a break point to hold for a 5-2 lead, the German served out to love to become the only player to beat Djokovic twice in another highly successful season for the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon champion.