Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Novak Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

Novak Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

The Serb, 10 years older than his opponent, was made to work hard in an absorbing first set but Zverev's challenge crumbled at the O2 Arena as Djokovic won 6-4 6-1.

Ronaldo scored the second in the 2-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday to secure an unprecedented 34 points from 36 points available after 12 games in Serie A. Our tennis columnist, Dan Weston, previews the two matches.

Novak Djokovic made it two wins from as many matches at the ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev.

My model has the Croat at [1.62], with Isner back at [2.61], which is pretty much in line with market pricing in what I anticipate to be quite a serve-orientated encounter, with both players having projected hold percentages around the 90% mark, with Cilic up at around 95%, bearing in mind Isner's obvious issues on return.

Having failed to convert break points in Isner's opening two service games, Djokovic made no mistake when another chance came along, belting a forehand return for a victor and a 4-2 lead. Djokovic will qualify for the semifinals if John Isner defeats Marin Cilic in the second match of the day. Two games later Djokovic sealed victory with a crosscourt backhand victor.

The victory helped the five-times champion to move within sight of the semi-finals.

Cilic would have been kicking himself after allowing a first set that he initially dominated slip from his grasp.

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Breaks of serve were exchanged in the second set before Cilic was required to save a match point at 4-5.

Djokovic then double-faulted to give Zverev another chance to serve for the set but this time the German went just wide with an attempted lob after the Serb ventured into the net.

Zverev looked deflated and in spite of holding serve for 1-1 he offered no more resistance as Djokovic won five games in a row.

"I was just trying to get myself going, trying to get the energy up".

"I think I'll take it as a normal quarter-final match at a normal tournament", said the German, who beat Cilic in his opening match on Monday.

"The court is hard", said Zverev.

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