Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic Beats Isner, Zverev Tops Cilic — ATP Finals

Djokovic Beats Isner, Zverev Tops Cilic — ATP Finals

Using a tissue to blow his nose between points, Djokovic was able to beat Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday for his second straight victory of the tournament.

"Unfortunately today hasn't been great in terms of that (illness)", Djokovic said. But, yeah, somehow I managed to gather the strength when I needed it. Djokovic continued to dominate on his serve and immediately pushed for another break, eventually finding the breakthrough in the fourth game to lead 3-1.

Although Zverev showed great character to hold on to his first service game in the second set, it proved to be the last one he would win during the match.

"Maybe he was a little bit sick or something like that, " Zverev said. "For that, I have to play good tennis". "That's kind of all that matters".

It was a close contest, with both players delivering a ideal performance, but Zverev edged the 1st set 7-6.

The 21-year-old German was playing his 74th Tour match of the season and after staying with the world number one for nine games he collapsed to a 6-4 6-1 defeat. Djokovic saved it with a service victor but then double-faulted to give the 21-year-old another opportunity. The German eventually forced the first break points of the match with the score level at 4-4 but Djokovic held after a backhand lob from Zverev drifted inches wide.

Zverev on the road to victory has served 8 aces, made 4 double faults, and converted 2 of 5 break points and made 20 of winnersof with 32 unforced errors.

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'I had not served that well but he [Zverev] made a lot of unforced errors which helped me to win.

Cilic ended a four-match losing streak at the O2 Arena as he came from behind to beat Isner, the hard-serving American who is making his debut at the tournament.

"I guess winning the first set really counts this year, " Djokovic said.

The writing was on the wall for Isner when Djokovic broke serve at 3-3 in the second set - the Serb roaring his approval.

Isner double-faulted to hand Cilic a decisive break in the eighth game of the second set and then did the same to gift Cilic a break at the start of the third.

Isner was wearing the initials "KM" on his shoes as a tribute to his close friend and former fitness coach, Kyle Morgan, who died earlier this week.

"It was incredible", Isner said of the atmosphere. "Got to go out there and play", he said.

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