- Daniil Medvedev (ATP 4) beats Novak Djokovic (ATP 1) in the 2nd game of the Round Robin in 2 sets 6: 3, 6: 3.
- Thanks to his 2nd win in the 2nd game, the Russian is early on as a semi-finalist at the ATP Finals in London.
- In the Afternoon game defeated Alexander Zverev (ATP 7) Diego Schwartzman (ATP 9) in 3 sets 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 3.
Unusually many unforced errors and only 50 percent returned surcharges. In addition, lethargic and somehow lacking in ideas. So you could summarize Novak Djokovic’s appearance in the 2-set defeat against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals in London.
The Serbian went into the game as the favorite. The Russian won 2 of the last 3 duels against world number 1. And that he can hurt the Serb in London, Medvedev proved from the start. He did not let the well-known attrition tactics of Djokovic put him off his feet and shone with strong defensive tennis.
Medvedev uses the 5th break chance
Up to the score of 3: 3 it was an open game. The 7th game in the first set when Djokovic served, however, already set the course for victory for Medvedev. The Russian had left 4 break chances until he was able to use his 5th to make it 4: 3 after more than 10 minutes of game time. Djokovic lost the thread, because only a short time later he gave his counterpart the first sentence with a double error.
Normally the world number 1 knows how to get out of such dangerous situations, but against Medvedev there was no chance of a turnaround. On the contrary: the 24-year-old Russian was clearly the better player and also dictated what happened in the second set. Thanks to an early break and good service games, he pulled away to 3-0. Djokovic couldn’t find an answer to that. After 1 hour and 21 minutes, Medvedev used his first match point to make it 6: 3 and 6: 3.
Djokovic has to deliver against Zverev
With this victory, Medvedev is the 2nd semi-finalist at this year’s ATP Finals after Dominic Thiem. Djokovic, who started the tournament without losing a set in the first game, will now face Alexander Zverev (ATP 7) on Friday. The winner of this duel will also get the semifinal ticket.
So it goes on
In the afternoon game of Group London on Thursday (from 3 p.m.) Dominic Thiem (ATP 3) and Andrej Rublew (ATP 7) face each other. In the evening (9:10 p.m.) Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) will meet the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 6). You can follow both games live on SRF Zwei and in the SRF Sport App.