Dazzling Djokovic marches into final — ATP Finals

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face with a towel during his ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match against Alexander Zverev of Germany at the O2 Arena in London Saturday Nov. 17 2018

It was really a tough match for me today, very tough at times being out there because I wasn't feeling great.

Zverev served an ace before going on to close out the match moments later.

As the head of German men's tennis I've been mentoring Sascha for the last two-and-a-half years so I have practised and travelled with him many times and know him very well. "I think this is a pretty good stat, especially as he's the best returner we have in the game".

There was never any danger of Zverev getting any hostile treatment this evening, there being no great love here for Djokovic and the British love of the underdog only being subsumed when it comes to the blessed Federer.

"I'm incredibly happy and incredibly proud right now".

The Scot was finally able to realise his grand slam dream under the Czech and it is clearly hoped he will have the same effect on Zverev's career.

British fans had yet to see the best of Zverev, who despite being seeded fourth at Wimbledon this year bowed out in the third round to Ernests Gulbis.

We have a lot of coaches, and no disrespect to them, but in order to win Grand Slam matches and become number one in the world it is easier to talk to people who have been there and about their own experiences. I played super well in Australia again.

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I said, Did you drop the ball?

Serve dominated the first set of a high-class match but the Swiss, a six-time champion at the Finals, eventually faltered in the 12th game.

I think the time he had off earlier in the year rejuvenated him and made him realise how attractive tennis is and how much he still has to give.

Djokovic has been in fine form since the start of Wimbledon and his 6-2 6-2 victory in London takes him to 35 wins in his past 37 matches - a run that has brought two grand slam titles and a return to the top of the rankings. You barely lost a match all year though you lost to me. A 26-shot duel brought up another break point in the opening game of the second set and, although Djokovic saved it, Zverev won another lengthy exchange moments later with a forehand victor to go 1-0 up.

For him, it was the first defeat at the tournament in London.

Novak Djokovic delivered another masterclass as he despatched Kevin Anderson in straight sets to book his spot in the final.

Becker, a six-time Grand Slam victor, said Zverev had the potential to be the "new superstar" of world tennis and backed his compatriot to deliver on his promise under coach Ivan Lendl.

Zverev duly took the set, in which he had landed 21 out of his 24 first serves into court, firing down seven aces in the process, and the world's best player was rattled.

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