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ATP Finals: Djokovic crushes Zverev

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World number one Novak Djokovic produced a rock-solid performance to dismantle the challenge of German firebrand Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals on Wednesday.

 

The Serb, 10 years older than his opponent, was made to work hard in an absorbing first set but Zverev’s challenge crumbled at the O2 Arena as Djokovic won 6-4 6-1.

 

The victory helped the five-times champion to move within sight of the semi-finals.

 

Djokovic, who will end the year as world number one for the fifth time in his career after a storming second half of the season, leads the Gustavo Kuerten group.

 

He has two wins and is yet to drop a set.

 

He will advance into the last four of the season-ending tournament for the eighth time if John Isner beats Marin Cilic in the evening session.

 

“I don’t think it was breathtaking tennis from both of us, but a win is a win,” Djokovic, who hit only three winners in the first set compared to Zverev’s 15, said on court.

 

“I started to play better in the second set and he was making a lot of unforced errors, which helped me win.”

 

All seven round-robin matches played so far this week have been won in straight sets.

 

But for a while it appeared as though the crowd would be given full value for their ticket.

 

The 21-year-old Zverev, who has a Tour-leading 55 match wins this year, went toe-to-toe with Djokovic from the baseline and looked to have the firepower to worry his opponent.

 

Djokovic netted a routine forehand when serving at 4-4 30-30, offering Zverev a break point

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