Daniil Medvedev is having fun with the ATP Finals so much higher in his second look.
Medvedev secured a spot within the semifinals of the season-ending match by dominating five-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-Three, 6-Three Wednesday for his second straight win of the group stage.
Medvedev, who misplaced all three of his group matches final yr on his match debut, has now crushed Djokovic in three of their final 4 conferences. The highest-ranked Serb can nonetheless advance if he beats 2018 champion Alexander Zverev in a winner-takes-all match on Friday.
Zverev stored his match hopes alive with a 6-Three, Four-6, 6-Three victory over Diego Schwartzman earlier Wednesday.
Medvedev broke Djokovic three straight occasions to go from Three-Three within the first set to a Three-Zero lead within the second. The primary break got here after a marathon recreation when the Russian lastly transformed his third break level when Djokovic missed a forehand after an extended rally.
Djokovic then double-faulted on set level and by no means regarded prone to stage a comeback within the second. Medvedev saved the one break level he confronted at 2-Zero after which secured the victory with a forehand winner on his first match level.
“He was simply higher, no query about it,” Djokovic stated. ”Simply not an important match from my facet. I believed I may have and will have carried out higher, however credit score to him for enjoying on a excessive degree.”
Medvedev is wanting much more comfy on the O2 Enviornment than final yr, when his three losses included a collapse towards Rafael Nadal in a match the place he led 5-1 within the third set.
“You at all times have doubts in your head, like possibly subsequent yr goes to be (like) final yr in London, I’m going to go on the market and be tight, once more, I’m not going to point out something within the Masters finals,” Medvedev stated. “Effectively, not the case. Completed No. 1 within the group already, which is nice.”
Zverev, coming off what he had described as considered one of his worst matches of the season in his opening loss to Medvedev on Monday, led Three-1 within the second set earlier than his Argentine opponent battled again with two breaks.
A visibly pissed off Zverev fired a ball into the empty stands after shedding the second set.
The 23-year-old German recovered and broke Schwartzman twice within the third set. Schwartzman, who struggled with unforced errors, despatched a forehand into the online to finish the match.
The decisive Zverev-Djokovic match on Friday shall be a rematch of the ultimate from two years in the past when the German received in straight units.
“I am pleased to offer myself an opportunity to go to the semifinals,” Zverev stated. “I have to win each match, in any other case I am out, so I’ve received to go in with that mindset. I went to that mindset right this moment, and I did my job.”
Schwartzman broke early within the first set, however like in Monday’s loss to Djokovic he instantly gave it again. Zverev broke once more for a Four-2 lead due to Schwartzman’s unforced errors.
On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will play Stefanos Tsitsipas with a semifinal place at stake.
Nadal has misplaced to Tsitsipas simply as soon as in six conferences — on the 2019 Madrid Open. He beat Tsitsipas right here final yr within the spherical robin earlier than the 22-year-old Greek went on to win the title.
Nadal has by no means received the ATP Finals.
Additionally Thursday, Dominic Thiem, who has already certified for the semifinals, faces Andrey Rublev. The Russian is Zero-2 and might’t advance.