Federer v Zverev, Djokovic v Anderson At ATP Finals Saturday
by Staff | November 16th, 2018, 7:46 pm
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The last four at the ATP Finals were set on Friday, and favorites and former champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic avoided an early semifinal collision after Alexander Zverev ousted John Isner in the opening match 7-6(5), 6-3.

“It’s obviously great getting to the semifinals. But the tournament isn’t over,” said Zverev. “I am in the semi-finals. There’s only good opponents left. There’s only the best in the world. I’m playing Roger tomorrow, which is going to be a very difficult but hopefully very nice match. We’ll see how far I can go.”

Isner’s 2018 season was arguably his best, and he played his first ATP Finals.

“I feel like I ended this season on a pretty positive note,” said Isner. “I played a positive match. I went for my shots. In that tie-break in the first set, I missed a few forehands, but I was going for my shots.

“You make this tournament, you want to do a little bit better. But at the same time this is no normal event. You’re up against the absolute best in the world,” he added. “I just came up short against players that were better than me this week. So I gave it my all. There are definitely some things I could have done better.”

The 21-year-old Zverev moved into his first semifinal at the event and in doing so awarded Djokovic the Kuerten group win and a semifinal matchup against Hewitt No. 2 Kevin Anderson.

In a dead match, Djokovic maintained his high-level beating-up on Marin Cilic 7-6(7), 6-2. He’s now won 17 of 19 against the Croat and finishes the round-robin group undefeated and without the loss of a single set.

“Marin’s a very good returner, so that’s a great stat,” Djokovic said.”It’s not so much about the serve. It’s more about the first shot after the serve. I’ve been trying to use the serve accurately and go for the precision rather than speed. Obviously I had three huge serves in the group: Isner, Zverev and Marin all serve around 135 or 140 miles per hour on first serves on average, so I’m not competing with them in the speed, that’s for sure.”

Cilic now looks ahead to his Davis Cup final next weekend against France.

In a Wimbledon final rematch, Djokovic will meet Anderson on Saturday. He leads the big South African 7-1 taking the last seven including a win last month in Shanghai.

“He’s playing some big tennis throughout the entire year. This is definitely his best season. The past couple of years, he’s been playing his best tennis,” Djokovic said of Anderson. “He’s playing well. He’s serving well and he’s very aggressive, so I know what to expect.”

In the first semifinal, Federer and Zverev will meet for a sixth team, with the Swiss leading 3-2. But they haven’t met since Federer won in the round-robin at this event a year ago.

“Obviously it’s going to be a very difficult match,” said Zverev. “I mean, on this surface, an indoor court, he’s an unbelievable player.”

SATURDAY ATP FINALS LONDON SCHEDULE
Centre Court 12:00 Noon
SF (4) Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares v (5) Mike Bryan/Jack Sock
Not Before 2:00 Pm
SF (2) Roger Federer v (3) Alexander Zverev
Not Before 6:00 Pm
SF (8) Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut v (2) Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah
Not Before 8:00 Pm
SF (1) Novak Djokovic v (4) Kevin Anderson


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61 Comments for Federer v Zverev, Djokovic v Anderson At ATP Finals Saturday

Van Persie Says:

Looks like we have the 4 semifinalist rankingwise qualified.

As expected Nole, like a perfectionist, gave his best in the last match as well. Such a tense 1st set…

After the 1st round I did not expect to see Fed in semis and when the groups were announced, was not sure Nole would make it. Here they are.

A shame Rafa and DelPo did not participate. Matches would have been better, with those 2 in a decent form.

Maybe Nishikori should have let Karen play…


Van Persie Says:

Even if Isner did not win a match, he was competitive, have to say


Van Persie Says:

Prediction for today: Sascha wins in 3 and Nole in 2.


J-Kath Says:

Van Persie:

Not to be contrary, in order to be contrary – but my predictions are:
Roger in 3…..(Sasha becomes too anxious when he runs into a bad patch).
Nole in 3…..because Kevin will return to competitiveness.


AndyMira Says:

I will say….Roger in 2,Nole in 2…


J-Kath Says:

What fun – three of us with somewhat different outcomes…we should have run a competition?


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/cristinancl/status/1063587921645719552?s=21
Looks like he’s got a rocket up his @ss. Not so easy joker.


AndyMira Says:

Hehe….Yeah JK!…Very xcited to know which one of us will guess right!….

But,it will be more fun if M & RZ can join us as well….Those 2 r scary good when it comes to prediction!


Van Persie Says:

yeah, let’s see who’s right :)
1st match very balanced so far


FedExpress Says:

Federer sucks at returning.


Van Persie Says:

LOL FedEx,

What does Fed suck?


Van Persie Says:

Looks like he sucked at last service game as well :)


FedExpress Says:

Federer lost the set


Margot Says:

Sascha playing well and takes first set.
Darling AM I’ll give you my prediction in an hour or so….;)
Dunno what us Brits have done to deserve Becker and Castle commentating however :(


AndyMira Says:

Well VP & JK!….At least u guys already one leg on the winner side!…

While i….SUUUUCCCKSSSS!!Ohohohohoho!!…


AndyMira Says:

M!…AN HOUR???URGH!!…U will let me embarrassed myself till then??


Margot Says:

Lol AM the match will probably be over by then so I have a reasonable chance of being right…;)
Fed has just broken serve.


Madmax Says:

Tough game.

FedEx, you lose your mind these days watching Roger. Relax otherwise you will no longer enjoy.


FedExpress Says:

And broken back Margot


Margot Says:

And Sascha breaks back. Fed may well still win, but showing his age IMHO.
Has already made 9 UEs in 2nd set.


FedExpress Says:

This wont work for Fed

Fed looks more likely to lose in 2 sets


Madmax Says:

FedExpress,

Let’s hope so eh? I mean you wouldn’t want to be disappointed by a win now would you?

Margot, no fear. At all. It is what it is.


FedExpress Says:

0-30

End is near I fear


Madmax Says:

Zverev is new generation, new/old generation. And more ready than before. Would not be surprised or disappointed. A great player.

Can Federer Eek this out. He escaped first time around with Kei, and has been playing on the backfoot since then, with nerves IMHO.

Free up Fed. Free up!


FedExpress Says:

What a hold


Margot Says:

I agree Madmax. Astonishing career, still competitive at 37. What more could Fed’s fans ask for?


FedExpress Says:

Federer to serve to stay in the tournament


FedExpress Says:

Zverev plays shiit vs Nole twice (Shanghai and WTF) and vs Khachanov (Paris) but peaks vs Fed


FedExpress Says:

0-30 again

man


El_matador Says:

I always wonder if sascha is a twin brother of Sebastian bach..I like him a lot but plz let Roger win today & let us have another fed-nole classic..

I was sooooo looking forward & excited to watch delpo get back in form & play regularly again..but alas..


FedExpress Says:

Man.

Federer again under pressure

And has to force a TB


Margot Says:

Oooh…I love tie breaks….when Andy’s not playing of course.


skeezer Says:

Very impressed with Z’s net game overall. He has the right instincts.


FedExpress Says:

On Zverevs racquet now


FedExpress Says:

Wtf was that volley


FedExpress Says:

Federer lost. Deserved.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Z. Once again a big hitter, when on, can bludgeon Fed off the court.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah M!….U was right!…Match already over in an hour!

So..u predicted Sascha won in 2??Hehehe…U’re genius Boss!

Btw…Me,JK & VP eat dust!Hahahaha….Woohooo!!..It’s fun!!


Van Persie Says:

JK,

I lost as well, Sascha won in 2…


Margot Says:

Fantastic from Sascha.Terrific win.
Agree with Skeeze, Sascha’s net play much improved. He’s so fast for a tall guy too.
Getting booed by the crowd and Annabel Croft putting them in their place. Sore losers. Spoiling Sasha’s win and he keeps apologising for nothing TBH. He’s clearly upset by the crowd and they should be ashamed of themselves.


FedExpress Says:

Expecting a clear routine win for Nole today and tomorrow.


skeezer Says:

That easy short volley cost Fed a great chance of a third set.
Z calling the let though? C’mon, the ball was not even in the field of play, but it is within the rules. Tough time to have had that happened though. S happens.
Result? Gets to serve an Ace.
His on court interview admitting it all was telling….
Hope he brings this game to the final. Djoker at this point in his career is a better defender and will get more balls back with better angles…


Van Persie Says:

And “poor Sascha” got the “Fed fans’s” shower at the O2 lol

Looking forward to the next match.

Am a bit nostalgic as well; I admit, this might have been Fed’s last appearance at WTF. Not sure he will be top 8 at the end of next year.
Will miss my “greatest enemy” :)


Margot Says:

Skeeze: The incident happened in Sascha’s eye line, directly behind Fed. It was very distracting.


fred stone Says:

No fault of Zverev to stop play in the TB.
The rules are the rules.
Class act at the end.
Fed too passive over all and deserving win for the German.
Final could be interesting.


skeezer Says:

VP,
You should have been missing him 2 years ago. But he came baaaaaaack ;)
M,
Ya it was his call , in his field of view, got it.


Madmax Says:

Great fight Roger at the end. Well done. Proud of you.

Should be a great final tomorrow.

Well done to Zverev. this was an awesome win.


J-Kath Says:

Aw…, VP and AM and myself were all wrong – boo hoo – I thought Fed would win because he seemed to be back to his winning self following the Kei match, but alas he made too many unforced errors – Sasha deserved the win.

Yep – on to Novak.


Giles Says:

Come on Kandy!


Humble Rafa Says:

All the people booing were people with little minds. It was a good win for babyadev. He will go back to the hotel, hug his mother, and come back and play like his usual self tomorrow and lose.

# mean reversion


Humble Rafa Says:

Who is going to lead the funeral this year? Skeeze, you volunteer?


J-Kath Says:

Van Persie: Who is this guy (Novak)? – think he’s been dropped off by a UFO?


Van Persie Says:

Am confused myself J-Kath,

Looks like E.T. did never leave Earth. He actually moved to Serbia and started to play tennis


Emilia Says:

Van Persie:

I think “this guy” is busy now proving why the guy is
Number 1 on the planet earth, don’t you think so?


Van Persie Says:

Yes Emilia,

He has really proved he is Nr. 1, by far.
I would say, he should win tomorrow, hope I hope at least.
He’s really back to earth these days ;), plays like in 2015. Some pundits are saying his serve is even better as it was back then.


J-Kath Says:

Can’t get over Novak’s performance. Sasha’s going to need a sleeping pill tonight or suddenly discover he’s got an injury.


Emilia Says:

Van Persie:

Yes, I agree with you.

Jij bent een schatje.


Dio Says:

Djokovic was just awesome against Kevin Anderson. His serve and return of serve were really great.
Kevin wasn’t at his best though. Might have been partially as a result of Nole playing at such a high level.
Anyway, good win for Novak. Onto the final and I hope he wins.

#NovakFan


chris ford1 Says:

*Sigh*
That is why I hoped Fed would lose to Anderson because I don’t think Fed and Djokovic will meet again at the ATP Championships.

On his way out, his odds of winning and prospects diminishing, Fed is loved even more. He deserves it, but he has two co-equals that should command equal respect and their share of fondness for who they are and what they have meant to the sport.

Though the idea of another period of stats adding, Djokovic Domination like he had 2011-2016, another 3-5 years of the same being possible – has to be disconcerting to Fed and Rafa fans.

And I believe now, we finally see, the heirs of the Big 4 emerging. It will not be the “Lost Generation” of Grigor, Raonic, Nishikori, but Zverev and a few others of his approximate age. Don’t boo Sasha, he is the future!


chris ford1 Says:

Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/cristinancl/status/1063587921645719552?s=21
Looks like he’s got a rocket up his @ss. Not so easy joker.

========================
To be great, you have to dream great first, Djokovic has said it often.
About his childhood dreams of winning Wimbledon that had friends and teachers rolling their eyeballs. He came along as a brash, talented teen, and said he was going to be the #1 player when Rafa and Fed “the two greatest ever!” ruled and the response was , “Sure, you clueless Serb upstart kid..”

He drew more ire when as a teen he said that he believed that Rafa was not unbeatable on clay and he would one day show everyone. Now he is expressing his conviction that 20 or more Slams is not impossible for him.

Not all big dreams come true, but you have to dream to have any shot. He won Wimbledon, showed he was a better player many years while Rafa and Fed were in their prime after he was stuck at #3 for a record 4 years. He beat Rafa on clay, but obviously never became better on it than Rafa – just everyone else.
20 Slams? Who knows. Maybe in 10 years “Slamcount” will not be so determinative in ranking players.

And though I will root for Djokovic tomorrow, part of me hopes that Sasha Zverev is convinced that Novak is not unbeatable, he will be ready to win tomorrow, will win, and if he doesn’t win, soon he will take #1 from Novak, even if soon becomes 4 years.
If Sasha somehow gets the win in the O2 Arena, I will applaud him, as he will have earned it, earned it in part through dreaming big.

Giles, it’s aspirational.


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