The round robins of the 2020 ATP Finals are over. In Group Tokyo 2020, Novak Djokovic had to win to qualify for the semifinals, and he did. As in the vast majority of cases, one would say. The Serb renounced the playoffs during the playoff with Alexander Zverev, who had won the most gorgeous previous match on the blue of the O2 Arena, but at least avoided the hassle of the third set.
With the result of 6-3 7-6 (4) that builds in just over ninety minutes, the number one of the big group reaches the semifinal table for the ninth time in his career and is projected on Roger Federer's record, now two wins away.
Waiting for him will be Dominic Thiem, who has probably obtained the status of favorite after the group thanks to the blow against Rafa Nadal.
Zverev's no chances and Medvedev's wins
In short, Djokovic makes normality one of the best weapons during the inaugural stage.
Also thanks to a mega-partial of 12-2 that packs a tactical project as simple as it is effective. The Serbian piles up the vast majority of errors during the seventh game (which he still gets back on track by canceling a handful of balls for the counterbreak) but finds the first serve, keeps his head with authority and then gets rid of problems even on the 5- 3 30-30.
With the straight-serve scheme, prelude to a 6-3 that freezes at the threshold of thirty minutes of play without particular worries. Zverev tries to make some small improvements to the tactical plan. To get closer to the bottom line during prolonged exchanges and to touch the left diagonal more insistently.
A model that at 2-1 (thanks to a double foul by Djokovic on 30-30) is even worth a break point. The champion edition two thousand and eighteen, who in the moment of maximum thrust never manages to command the exchange, is saved at 15-40 when the luminous scoreboard says "2-2" and faces 30-30 when it is instead on 4-3.
With the tie break that at the end of the second round turns out to be the most correct stage. Zverev shows up with an ace, Djokovic with a short ball that he fails to make a winner. The Serbian champion, who reconstructs the tie with two splendid defenses, still puts his head ahead with a very first at 3-3 and hooks the decisive mini-break with a super backhand passer-by.
Called to serve to close the matter, Nole just manages. First with a winning serve and then with an arm wrestling from the baseline. In the other match, Daniil Medvedev beat Diego Schwartzman for 6-3 6-3. Today the semifnìinals: Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem.