Zverev defeated Cilic in the match of the Final tournament ATP

Zverev defeated Cilic in the match of the Final tournament ATP

Javier Howell
November 17, 2018

Djokovic, the world number one, broke late in the first set and twice in the second set to complete the victory over a disappointing Zverev in 76 minutes on Wednesday.

These numbers give decent insight into Cilic's struggles against Djokovic throughout his career, with the world number one having considerable joy on return against the Cilic serve, and it will certainly take a huge increase in level from Cilic for him to walk off court tonight with a victory.

Zverev will now take on Group Lleyton Hewitt victor Roger Federer in the semi-finals, with Djokovic taking on Kevin Anderson.

There was not so much as a break point in the first eight games, but then Djokovic looked as though the long exchanges were taking their toll on the Serb, and he sucked in air as he faced two break points. The World No 1 came through a tough first set 6-4 before easing through the second 6-1. "I will prepare myself the best for tomorrow". Cilic was 5-4 up and serving for the set but a double fault on Zverev's first break point handed the German a way back into the match.

Djokovic was in action later on Friday against Croatian Marin Cilic but Zverev's win made that tussle academic, apart from the 200 ranking points and $200,000 on offer for each round-robin win at the event. Leading 30-0, the South African was sure of taking a 3-2 lead when the incident happened.

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It seemed to knock the stuffing out of Zverev, who was broken in the fourth game of the second set, and again to love in the sixth.

"Maybe he was a little bit sick or something like that", Zverev said.

"Personally I'm still not thinking of the number 100. I'll see them in a few weeks when I finish up my season". At the same time, I think us older guys, we're still obviously working hard and working smart and trying to get the most out of what we have left in ourselves.

"We all know what Roger does so well".

To find out more about him, David Law (BBC 5 Live) chats to his long-time friend and colleague Andrej Antic, a German tennis writer who has worked for Tennis MAGAZIN for over two decades. "He understood that very quickly, I think". The tournament has only just started.' Rusedski also spoke about Kevin Anderson's stunning win against Kei Nishikori: 'I thought Anderson was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. And after the match, Rusedski claimed Djokovic can still improve going forward in the competition this week.