Alexander Zverev went past the debutant Diego Schwartzman in the Nitto ATP Finals match on Wednesday. In doing so, he registered his first win in the Group Tokyo 1970. The German pulled things back in the 3rd set to win it 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Zverev was in his elements right from the word go. He won the first set only to see a fightback of sorts from Schwartzman in the second. But the German was quick to learn from his mistakes and made a comeback in the third to clinch the match.
A win that provides a major fillip to his semi-final qualification chances after the loss at the hands of Daniil Medvedev, earlier in the week.
He, however, will be up against the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic come Friday and he knows that he can’t be anything short of his best there.
“Friday is going to be the most difficult match you can have here against Novak. We played twice here already, so I am looking forward to it,” Zverev expressed.
The 23-year-old has had a stellar run in 2020 so far. And speaking at the post-match interview, Zverev felt that he was confident and ready for the challenge. He also laid stress on going out and playing with the same positive mindset.
If Zverev wins against Djokovic, he will qualify for the semi-finals for the third straight year.
Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic Head-to-Head
Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic have faced each other five times on Tour so far. Djokovic currently has the lead with 3-2.
Zverev, however, will draw confidence from the fact that out of the five matches between them, three were semi-finals or finals. And the German has won twice. Clearly, a big match player is Zverev.
If records are to matter, the win over the Serb in 2018 in the Finals at the London’s O2 Arena, will be at the back of Zverev’s mind. The then 21-year old triumphed 6-4, 6-3 to win the biggest prize of his career.
Zverev’s feature in the win over the Argentine was his serve and solid forehand play. The 13-time tour-level titlist will be keen to replicate the same when faced with Djokovic in his final round-robin match.
A defeat at the hands of Djokovic will really jeopardize his fortunes in the tournament. It remains to be seen if the 23-year-old will get the better of the World No. 1. To cut it short, it should be a match to behold.