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With a very high level performance, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (N. 4) Defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to advance to the London Masters semi-finals.
Djokovic, who won his first meeting on Monday, will play his qualification in the last four against the German Alexander Zverev (N. 7) who had earlier beaten Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman (N. 9) (6-3, 4-6, 6-3)
“I still love playing Novak, one of the greatest champions of our sport. When I was a kid I saw him win his first Grand Slam titles and it’s a childhood dream come true to face him “, said after the match the 24-year-old who gave the master a lesson..
“I am very happy to have beaten him, I served well and played the important points well. I think he didn’t play his best game today (. . . ) but beating him even in a bad day is always difficult “, slipped the Russian who had not won a match last year, for his first participation in the event.
With 79% of points gained on the first serve, and especially 61% on the second, the Russian was incredibly solid on his commitment against the best returner on the circuit, if not history.
Medvedev only conceded one break point which he saved, even though he captured the Serbian’s throw-in three times.
Until 3-3 in the first set, the match was very indecisive, but at the end of an endless 7th game, Djokovic gave up his serve conceding 7 games in a row to end up at 6-3 , 3-0 in favor of his opponent.
The world number one never found the solution to Medvedev who remained on a success at the Masters 1000 in Paris.
Cushioned early in the rally, going up to the net, he tried everything, but as the game slipped away he too often forced his shots and made the trifle of 24 unforced errors for just 14 points winning, so that with his opponents the proportion was opposite (19 and 13).
Djokovic will in any case have to quickly swallow his frustration if he wants to pursue his dream of equaling the six titles won at the Masters of Roger Federer.
For this, he will have to dismiss an Alexander Zverev who has gained momentum to get rid of Schwartzman (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).
“It was much better today than on Monday”, when he lost (6-3, 6-4) to Medvedev, Zverev said after the match.
“I’m happy to give myself a chance to qualify, but Friday’s match will be the hardest we can play here”, against Djokovic, whom he had yet beaten in the final in 2018.
Against Schwartzman, against whom he had a balanced record of 2 wins for 2 losses before this meeting, the match was very undecided with no less than 13 breaks.
In this game, it was the German who was the least irregular and who was able to raise his level of play in the decisive moments.
His superior quality of service – 73% of first balls against 63% and especially 10 aces to 0 – made the difference especially when he found himself at 5-3 but on his commitment in the first set 15-40 , before lining up four big first balls to win the round.
Zverev then thought he had done the hard part by taking the opposing serve in the third game of the second set, but he lost it again at the end of the sixth game (3-3) and seemed to come out of his game a bit..
Schwartzman managed to make the break again at 5-4 in the 2nd set, to return to a set everywhere after 1h34 of play.
But the German eventually came to his senses, and relying again on a devastating face-off (89% of first balls and 4 aces in the last set), he was able to wait for the loophole that s ‘is presented at 2-2 and eliminate the Argentine.
Nitto ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Diego Schwartzman, ATP Tour, Tennis
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