Djokovic beats Zverev, advances to semifinals at ATP Finals

Daniil Medvedev

Djokovic then won five of the next six points and, on his first match point, found the baseline with a penetrating forehand which Zverev could only slice into the net on the stretch.

Medvedev hit 31 winners against Schwartzman and broke the Argentine three times.

The ATP, which runs the men's tour, had been criticised for not making any public comment until last week, when it issued a generic statement saying it "fully condemns any form of violence or abuse". Finally, a case for consistency. "I got so tight in the second-set tie-break because to play these legends is always going to be something special", Thiem said after the match, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. "So I sincerely wish, for him, that he overcomes this soon and that he can focus on his life and tennis career". "We had good rallies, it was a really good level of tennis and I said to my coach, 'He can go far here.' I don't know if he said the same... but I am going to see him tomorrow [Sunday]". You are nervous to win the match.

"Playing for the final here at the Nitto ATP Finals is also something very special and I thought that after my first big title in NY, maybe I'm going to be a little bit more calm, but that was a mistake, I guess". "Then he played a good tie-break".

The 13-time French Open champion was getting just 40% of his first set first serves in; a figure which only marginally improved to 52% in the second set. I played a bad game. "Anyway now we're going to have again a first-time victor, no matter what happens in the second semi-final". I had my chances.

"I have not heard that we had maybe top players involved in such instances". Not only did it keep Medvedev in the match, it also served as the key that unlocked his best tennis.

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Last year, Nadal saved a match point and recovered from 5-1 down to beat Medvedev but on this occasion, the Russian's resilience came to the fore and he broke in the seventh game of the set to lead 4-3. The world No.1 led 4-0 in the deciding tie-break but Thiem won seven of the next eight points to make the title round.

With the victory, Thiem dashed Djokovic's hopes of winning the season-ending championships for a record sixth time.

He won the first set 6-3 having spent the majority of it fighting desperately to hold serve. I was in the driver's position at 4-Love.

He said: "I've known Sascha (Zverev) for a very long time since he was very young. He just took it away from me". At 10-9, Djokovic erased No. 4 with a forehand that landed right on a line. He just shades this battle but this final was made for the cliché "it could go either way".

A year ago, the 24-year-old Medvedev went 0-3 in round-robin play at the ATP Finals, while Thiem, 27, finished runner-up to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

A gangly player who has been jokingly nicknamed "the machine" by his competitors, he is capable of changing the direction of rallies easily and his own forehand - while flatter than Thiem's - is equally effective.

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