Novak Djokovic saved the clothes and defeated Alexander Zverev, by 6-3 and 7-6 (4), to qualify to the semifinals of the ATP Finals. The five-time champion, who is two wins away from equaling Roger Federer’s record of six titles, will now face Dominic Thiem, that will come with one more day of rest.
The one from Belgrade was able to beat Zverev in the last game of the group Tokyo 1970 in one hour and 38 minutes, after a comfortable first set for his interests, with an early break in favor and a second set in which Zverev increased the pace and managed to force a tiebreaker.
But there, Zverev’s service did not work to the maximum and he found a Djokovic more concentrated in the important moments, getting the ‘mini break’ in favor with a great cross passing ‘and closing the match with two serves.
Thus, Djokovic reaches his ninth semi-finals in this tournament and will fight with Thiem for a place in the grand final on Sunday.
It will be the duel number twelve between the Austrian and the Serbian, with the balance in favor of Djokovic, who has won seven games.
Two of their confrontations were settled on this same court– one in 2016, with a win for Djokovic, and another last year, when Thiem won in the group stage before reaching the final.