Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev, Preview and Prediction

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14 Nov 2018, 10:51 IST

Djokovic had an impressive win against Isner in his opening match.
Djokovic had a powerful win in opposition to Isner in his opening match.

Each the highest seed Novak Djokovic and third seed Alexander Zverev face one another after registering spectacular wins of their respective first-round matches of the ATP World Tour Finals.

After surrendering his 22-match successful streak to Karen Khachanov within the Paris Masters last, it was essential for the world number one to re-assert his supremacy in London. He was blown away in that match by the highly effective serve and forehand of the Russian.

He was going to face the same opponent within the first spherical of the World Tour Finals in John Isner – the one with the bullet serve coming from a Himalayan peak and with highly effective forehands. A second consecutive loss to yet one more big-server would have solid doubts on Djokovic’s aura of invincibility.

However because it turned out, the Serbian proved that his weak present in opposition to the Russian was simply an aberration and he had the sport to counter massive servers, quite effortlessly. The straight units victory over Isner and the character of the victory will need to have introduced again all the boldness he could have misplaced after the surprising loss to Khachanov.

Towards Isner, Djokovic was at his very best. Other than his often spectacular return video games, he displayed a flawless recreation on his personal serve. He broke Isner thrice within the match, not an insignificant achievement by any means. And he by no means obtained damaged even as soon as. He received 87% of his factors on first serve and a whopping 92% on his second!

Zverev was scratchy in his match against Cilic.
Zverev was scratchy in his match in opposition to Cilic.

His opponent within the subsequent spherical is the world quantity 5 Alexander Zverev, who too is coming off a morale-boosting victory over world quantity 7 Marin Cilic, his sixth straight win over the Croatian. However in contrast to Djokovic, he didn’t actually showcase a dominant efficiency.

Zverev’s victory over Cilic owed loads to how awfully Cilic performed in that match. The German was removed from his greatest when it got here to serving. He received solely 56% of his second serves and obtained damaged twice in the course of the match. It’s Cilic’s nerves in the course of the two tie-breaks which had been most likely the distinction between the 2 in that match.

If Zverev has to have any likelihood in opposition to Djokovic, he should be at his very best. Novak is the perfect returner within the recreation, and if Zverev continues to serve the way in which he did in opposition to Cilic, he’ll even fail to make the match aggressive.

What goes in favour of Zverev is that in contrast to most prime gamers, he doesn’t come to this match in opposition to Djokovic with the luggage of getting a dropping face to face report. He has performed in opposition to the Serbian solely twice, successful a kind of.

However within the final match that he performed in opposition to the Serbian at Shanghai, he was merely routed. If he needs to keep away from the same destiny on this match, he should convey his A recreation and hope that Novak’s degree drops a bit.

Prediction: Djokovic to win in Straight Units

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