Novak Djokovic brushes aside Alexander Zverev in straight sets at ATP Finals but admits: ‘I don’t think it was breathtaking tennis from us both’
Novak Djokovic made it two wins from as many matches at the ATP Finals with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev.
The world No 1 was pushed harder by 21-year-old Zverev than he had been during his routine win over John Isner on Monday.
Zverev, the third seed, even forced two break points at 4-4 in the first set.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev in straight sets on Wednesday
However, Djokovic fended them off before breaking to take the set, and Zverev’s challenge promptly evaporated in the second as the Serbian moved a step closer to a sixth title at London’s 02 Arena.
‘I don’t think it was breathtaking tennis from both of us, but a win is a win,’ said Djokovic.
‘Midway through the second set I started to swing through the ball and he made some unforced errors which allowed me to win.
‘I didn’t want to be 5-4 and a break down playing against Zverev’s serve, it was really hard to read his serve, more difficult than Isner. But in the second set it was more easy to read him.’
The only result from Wednesday’s late match that can prevent Djokovic from advancing would be a straight-set victory for Marin Cilic over John Isner.
After defeating Cilic in his opening match, Zverev still has a chance to become the first German since 2003 to advance to the semi-finals of the season-ending competition.