Great surprise on the night of the Atp Cup with Serbia as reigning champion Novak Djokovic almost sensationally eliminated by Alexander Zverev's Germany. The Germans thus join Russia in the penultimate decisive act of the tournament.
For Djokovic, after the victory in the single, the defeat in the double is fatal, which came after a battle and only at the super tiebreak. Now, for the number one in the world, head to the Australian Open, which will start in a few days.
Germany went 1-0 thanks to the victory in the match between number two of Jan Lennard Struff who beat Lajovic in three sets. It is the Serbian who wins the first set, thanks to a very foul start of the opponent who grows in the second and equalizes the score.
The third set takes on the contours of a 'drama' with Struff who has the advantage several times and lets himself recover and on 5 to 4 cancels two break points for his opponent, always helping himself with the service.
At the first match point he closes the accounts giving the advantage to Germany. The first single match for Novak Djokovic becomes decisive immediately. In the first set it is played point to point with both Nole and Sascha who keep the serve without problems by giving crumbs to the opponent.
We arrive at the tiebreak where after conceding an initial minibreak Zverev goes on the run and leads to three set points. At 6-3 he closes the set with a second ace. The number one in the world who wins the second set in just over half an hour and with the result of 6-2 rises to the chair.
In the third set there is balance until the ninth game where Djokovic, at the first real chance of the set, gets the break that could be decisive and goes on 5-4, but surprisingly Novak does not close and the game before the counterbreak of Zverev and then a sensational 6-5 with a new break from the number one which then closes with the result of 7-5.
To decide everything is double with Germany going on after a very balanced first set thanks to the tiebreak. Once again, however, everything is decided in the third set with the Serbs who get the break on 5 all, after having wasted some chances previously, thanks to a game of two double faults by Zverev, and close on the next game 7-5.
At the super tiebreak of the third set, Serbia immediately went ahead at 3-0 thanks to a couple of great points by Djokovic, then a series of mistakes by Cacic meant that Germany first leveled and then went on the run. Zverev and Struff go on for 8-4 and reach two points from the match.
The Serbs do not give up and go 8-7, but with two great serves from Zverev Germany wins and qualifies for the semifinals. Spain-Italy will be the other semifinal with the Iberian national team that gets the pass for the semifinals thanks to the clear victory of Carreno-Busta over Pervolakis.
Tsitsipas's victory over Bautista was useless. Curiosity to understand if Rafael Nadal will be in the match, so far absent in the matches with Greece and Australia, due to back problems.