The second semi-final pair consists of Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. The Russian tennis player had the first place in the group for sure even before today’s final duel with the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but he still beat the London debutant 6: 3, 6: 3.
Medvedev, who is playing in excellent form, goes to the semifinals without losing the set, after not winning once during his debut last year. The same thing happened to Schwartzman this year at the first start of the Champions Tournament.
Before today’s duel, Djokovic and Zverev had the same winnings over Schwartzman and losses with Medvedev, so they competed for the second semifinal place in a direct duel. The five-time winner of the tournament, Djokovic, took away the 2018 champion Zverev from the first opportunity and won the first set thanks to the only break in the match. He averted all three breakballs in the duel himself and won the shortened game of the second set 7: 4.
“I felt great. At the beginning of the first set I had several break opportunities, I managed to serve well in important moments and, unlike the match with Daniil, I hit the right strokes at the right moment,” Djokovic praised and appreciated the opponent. “I have a lot of respect for him. He is a great player with great service, which is not easy to return. It seemed that each of us could win most of the match,” added the Belgrade native.
The 33-year-old Djokovic retaliated from the ten-year-younger Zverev for a two-year-old final defeat and advanced to the semifinals of the Champions Tournament for the ninth time in thirteen participations. The 17-time Grand Slam champion is aiming for his sixth triumph in London to equal Roger Federer’s record.
But first he will have the winner of the US Open Thiem, with whom he lost a balanced duel in the basic group last year in London. “I lost him 6: 7 in the third set. It was a very exciting match. Maybe we will play another one, but this time with a different result,” said Djokovic, who had already revenge for Thiem’s defeat in London with a five-hundredth victory in the January Australian Open final.
After 12 years, the British capital is saying goodbye to the Champions Tournament due to coronavirus measures in matches in the empty 18,000-strong O2 hall. From next year, the finals of the ATP Tour season for the top eight players of the year will be hosted by Turin.
|London Champions Tournament (hard surface, $ 5.7 million grant):|
|Singles – Tokyo Group 1970:|
|Djokovic (1-SRB) – A. Zverev (5-DEU) 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 4)|
|Medvedev (4-RUS) – Schwartzman (8-Arg.) 6: 3, 6: 3|
|Doubles – Bob Bryan Group:|
|Pavic, Soares (1-Chorv./Braz.) – Peers, Venus (6-Austr./N. Zél.) 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 3, 10: 8|
|Melzer, Roger-Vasselin (7-Rak./Fr.) – Granollers, Zeballos (4-Sp. / Arg.) 6: 6 (1: 0) scratch.|