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ATP Finals Day 6 Preview: Can Novak Djokovic Make It Three Wins Out Of Three?

It’s the final day of round-robin play at the ATP Finals, with three players fighting for the remaining birth in the semifinals.

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Novak Djokovic at the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals in London (image via twitter.com/atpworldtour)

Novak Djokovic embarks upon his final round-robin match at The O2 Arena with the luxury of already qualifying for the semi-finals. The world No.1 will be looking to continue his flawless run when he takes on Marin Cilic on Friday evening. Cilic secured only his second ever win at the tournament two days ago after downing John Isner in three sets.

 

Elsewhere, Isner faces Alexander Zverev in a battle for the second qualifying spot in the group, which Cilic also has a shot at if he defeats Djokovic. Isner has a losing head-to-head record against his German rival (1-4), but they are square so far this season at 1-1.

The winner of the Guga Kuerten Group will play Kevin Anderson in Saturday’s semi-finals. Meanwhile, the runner-up will take on Roger Federer.

Advancement Scenarios for Thursday:

  • Novak Djokovic has already qualified for the semifinal round on Saturday.
  • Sascha Zverev advances with a win, or if he loses in three sets to Isner AND Djokovic defeats Cilic.
  • Marin Cilic not only needs to win, but also needs Isner to defeat Zverev.
  • John Isner needs to win in straight sets, and even then needs Djokovic to win as well.

source – atpworldtour.com

Sascha Zverev vs. John Isner


The biggest win of Isner’s career came at the expense of Zverev. That was earlier this year in the final of the Miami Masters. But that remains John’s only victory over Sascha. The 21-year-old German got revenge just a few weeks later on clay in Madrid, and holds a 4-1 record overall against the American on the ATP tour. And that doesn’t include their most recent meeting at the Laver Cup, which saw Zverev save a match point to prevail. Sascha has now twice defeated John on an indoor hard court. Neither man has played their best tennis this week, or in recent months for that matter. But Isner’s form this week has been particularly worrying, as the big man has seen his serve broken three times in each of his previous two matches. And considering John is only 5-5 during this fall’s indoor hard court season, I like Zverev’s chances to win today and qualify for the semifinals.

Novak Djokovic vs. Marin Cilic

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These two played a significant match in London just five months ago. In the Queen’s Club final this past June, Cilic saved a match point to come from behind and defeat Djokovic. Novak however has twice beaten Marin since that time: at the Cincinnati Masters, and just two weeks ago at the Paris Masters. All three of their 2018 meetings have gone the distance, so Cilic has been pushing the new world No.1 throughout the year. In their careers, Cilic only possesses two victories over Djokovic in 18 previous encounters, with his only other win coming at the Paris Masters in 2016. Novak actually won their first 14 matches, and they’ve now split their last four. Djokovic should be able to play extremely freely in this match, knowing he’ll be in Saturday’s semifinals regardless of the outcome. Cilic’s advancement will depend upon his performance on Friday, as well as that of the match from earlier in the day. Novak is now 33-11 lifetime at the ATP Finals, while Cilic only holds two victories out of eleven matches at the O2. Djokovic will be a heavy favorite to remain undefeated heading into the semifinal round.

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo

Ugo Humbert stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Quarter-Finals at the Olympic Games.

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The Frenchman sent the Greek packing in a three-set battle that went over two hours on court.

 

Ugo Humbert booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic tournament after beating the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes hitting 34 winners in the win while his opponent hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.

After both players held their opening service games it was the Greek with the first chance to break and at the second time of asking he broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The world number 28 had two chances to break back the very next game but the number three seed saved both and consolidated the break before going up a double break the very next game.

Tsitsipas served out the first set and going into the second set it was a very tight affair with neither player budging on their service games as the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

That’s where the number 14 seed jumped out to an early lead and that lead was enough for him to take the second set and force a deciding third set.

There was a bit of a scary moment for the world number three when on set point he seemed to roll his ankle and took a medical timeout to get it treated.

It was clear the injury was affecting him during the third and final set as after both players again held their opening service games it was the Frenchman with three breakpoints and got the early break.

In the next game, the number three seed had a chance to break back on go back on serve but the world number 28 did a good job saving it and consolidating the break.

After consolidating the break the Frenchman smelled blood and sensed the match was his for the taking and broke the Greek for a second time to love and at 5-2 there was a long back and forth game that lasted over 10 minutes.

Humbert finally converted on his fourth match point to book his spot in the quarterfinals and a date with the Russian Karen Khachanov.

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