Novak Djokovic Backs Domestic Violence Policy For Tennis

Novak Djokovic Backs Domestic Violence Policy For Tennis

German tennis star Alexander Zverev admitted it wasn't easy dealing with Novak Djokovic's serves after losing a key match for him at the Nitto ATP Finals and failing to reach the semifinal.

The O2 Arena is hosting the event for the 12th and final season before the championships move to Turin.

World number one Djokovic triumphed 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), holding his serve throughout.

"I managed to serve well in the important moments and contrary to the last match against Daniil, I just managed to find the right shots at the right time", said Djokovic, who will fight for a final place against Austrian third seed Dominic Thiem.

"I was playing great in the two previous matches. It was anybody's game for most of the match".

"Obviously, earlier in his career he played his best on clay but of course being one of the hardest workers on the tour, the most dedicated players, Dominic found his "A" game on all other surfaces", said Djokovic. This time the arena was empty because of the COVID-19 lockdown, a surreal backdrop for a match with so much riding on it for both men. "That's a lot, I think even 10% would be huge for us at this stage", Djokovic said after moving into the semis of the ATP Finals in London.

A Zverev double fault handed him the break and that was all the advantage he needed to claim the first set.

But the 17-time Grand Slam champion raised the intensity level in the tiebreak, edging 5-3 ahead with a fizzing backhand pass.

He brought up two match points with a hefty first serve before pressurising Zverev into an error to complete victory.

The 33-year-old has already tied Pete Sampras' record mark of six year-end No. 1 finishes in the FedEx ATP Rankings and he is aiming to match Roger Federer's record of six title runs at the season finale.

Medvedev beat the world number nine 6-3, 6-3 to remain unbeaten in this year's season ending tournament.

Initially, the ATP Finals organization initially scheduled the match at 3:00 p.m., a match that will broadcast #Vamos, but he must confirm the time this Friday: today Medvedev plays against Schwartzman (first classified against eliminated) at 21:00, so the Russian would have, despite winning his group, only 16 hours of rest for the momentous duel.

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