World number one Novak Djokovic meets 2018 ATP Tour Finals winner Alexander Zverev in the final group stages match of the Tokyo 1970 group, in what is now a virtual quarter-final. The winner will join Daniil Medvedev as a semi-finalist from this group. The match is scheduled for Friday, November 19 and will begin at 8pm local time (3pm Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev Head to Head
This will be the sixth meeting between both players, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 3-2. Their last meeting was at the 2019 quarter-finals at the French Open which was won by Djokovic. They met twice here at the Tour Finals in 2018, with Djokovic winning the group match in straight sets and Zverev winning the final against Djokovic in straight sets.
Djokovic Looking For Quick Recovery From Medvedev Loss
Novak Djokovic just equaled Pete Sampras for the all-time record of most year end number one rankings, being year end world number one for the sixth time in his career. He is also a five time winner of the ATP Tour Finals, and one short of the six-time winner, Roger Federer.
The return to the tour has been a mixed one for Djokovic. Although he won the Western & Southern Open and the Rome Masters 1000 titles, he had the unfortunate disqualification issue at the US Open. In addition, he lost the French Open final to Rafael Nadal with a surprisingly one sided score line and has not quite looked the same player since.
A shock at the Vienna ATP 500 followed, where he lost to world number 42 Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets and then arrived in London, hoping for a good run. The week started well for Djokovic with a convincing win against Diego Schwartzman in the Tour Finals opener, and he looked like getting back to his routine dominant self.
Up against a red hot Daniil Medvedev in the next match, Djokovic had few answers for the Russian’s ruthless play as Medvedev ran away with the first set 6-3, after an even start. An early break for 3-0 followed and then it was jus a matter of clinical serving by Medvedev that saw him seal a very convincing 6-3, 6-3 win and a spot in the final four.
Similar to last year where Djokovic was in a must-win final group match ( where he lost to Roger Federer and exited early), he knows his work is cut out and he will need to get off to a quick start, and although his opponent is not Roger Federer this time, it will not be an easy ride against Zverev either.
2018 Champion Aiming For Third Consecutive Semi-Final Appearance
Alexander Zverev surprised one and all with a strong run here in 2018, defeating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the semi-finals and the finals respectively. If the German would like to win another title here in London this year, he has the uphill task of defeating world number one Novak Djokovic in their final group stages match.
It has been an up and down last couple years for Zverev both on and off the court, but it was here in London last year that he turned his form around by making the semi-finals, before he lost to Dominic Thiem and will be hoping for another semi-final appearance this year, making it three in a row.
In the same group as world number one Novak Djokovic, Paris Masters winner Daniil Medvedev and London debutante Diego Schwartzman, Zverev opened his campaign against Medvedev, in what was a repeat of the Paris Masters finals just a week ago. Although Zverev started well, Medvedev got a hold of the match in no time, and won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
In his second match against Diego Schwartzman, the German was off to a solid start winning the first set 6-3, but the gritty Argentine fought back and pressured the Zverev serve at key moments to take the second set 6-4 and head to a decider. The German broke the Schwartzman serve at 2-2 and then there was no looking back as he closed the set 6-3 and with that the match.
Zverev has all that it takes to succeed at this venue, but there is no opponent more difficult on a fast indoor court than Djokovic, and the German will be well aware that he needs to bring an inspired performance to prevail.
Djokovic v Zverev Prediction and Tip
There have been some good contests between these players in the past, and this promises to be another. With a semi-final spot on the line, expect both players to bring their best games. After a humiliating loss by his standards to Medvedev, expect Djokovic to strike back strong. The surface does suit the in-form Zverev as well and think he has what it takes to win a set, with the Serb pulling through in a decider.
Tip: Djokovic to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)