The group stage of the final masters in Turin passed without surprises. Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev justified their roles as favorites, while Casper Rudd surprised many by placing among the four best tennis players.
The Serbian ace has a nice opportunity to triumphantly end the year 2021 and confirm his dominance in white sports. He had a great overture before this tournament, he won the masters in Paris Bercy after the victory over Daniil Medvedev, the biggest rival this year.
These two tennis players could once again compete in the finals. Novak did not win the final masters for six years. He won this tournament five times, the first time in 2008, and four times in a row he lifted the cup from 2012 to 2015.
Djokovic has a motive to reach the title in this tournament for the sixth time and equalize with Roger Federer. The rival of the Serb in today's semifinal (21.00) is an old acquaintance, Alexander Zverev. Djokovic suffered a painful defeat in the semifinals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo last summer.
Novak got revenge on him the following month in the semifinals in New York when he won the German after a great fight and five sets. The match lasted three hours and 38 minutes.
Zverev vs Djokovic
This will be the 11th match between Novak and Zverev, and Djokovic is leading with 7: 3 in victories.
Last year, the German defeated Djokovic with 6: 3, 7: 6 in the final of the final masters. This year, Djokovic defeated his 10-year-younger colleague three times but was defeated when it was most important in the fight for the Olympic finals.
"Zverev is one of the best servers on the tour. He may have had the best season so far in his career, he won gold at the Olympics. He played very well all year round." "He has great service, moves great, is balanced in both offensive and defensive."
"I know it will be a great battle, both physically and mentally. However, I am ready for it. I did not spend too much time on the field, and we all want to end the year in the best way," Novak said before the semifinals.
Novak won all three matches in the group stage with the maximum result. Casper Ruud, Andrey Rublev and Cameron Norrie fell in order. In the first semifinal in the city of Fiat, Daniil Medvedev is the favorite against Casper Ruud.
The Russian won all three matches in Turin after three sets, while the Norwegian celebrated with 2: 1 against Rublev and Norrie