ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to reach final

Annette Crawford
November 18, 2018

After pulling off one of the biggest wins of his career, Alexander Zverev was left apologizing for an unforced error he didn't make.

This was the sixth time Federer and Djokovic have both reached the semi-finals in the same year, with one of them winning the title in each of the five previous attempts.

In the second set, Zverev converted his only break point of the match to lead 5-3, before calmly closing out the contest at the O2 Arena .

The Swiss looked bemused but after Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes checked with the ballboy the point was replayed.

The second set went with serve until the seventh game, when Federer produced an immaculate sliced backhand that landed on the line to earn a break.

Playing-wise, you have to play every single point on a high level.

"I was a little bit sad at the end with the booing and reaction of the crowd", he said. Later in the evening, Djokovic, who many predicted to win the competition from the outset, faces Kevin Anderson.

"First of all, I want to apologise for the situation in the tie-break", said the German.

"I was like, 'Buddy, shut up".

Federer asked the ball boy: 'Did you drop the ball?' He said: 'Yes, I did drop the ball'. Congratulations on a great match and a great tournament so far.

Isner netted a forehand and, with his chance of qualification gone, wilted in the second set as quality Zverev returns secured the only break of the match. There were then gasps of despair from the Federer diehards when their man got a little too delicate with an attempted drop volley at 4-5 to hand Zverev two match points.


He saved the first, but Zverev confidently put away a backhand drive volley to set up a shot at the biggest title of his career and leave Federer waiting until next season for his 100th title.

He set up a semifinal with six-time champion Roger Federer by defeating John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday. I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible.

Yes, his performances in Grand Slams might be lacking, with just one quarterfinal to his name, at the French Open this summer, but he won three ATP Tour titles in 2018.

"When I get to play Roger, I know I have to get the best out of myself in order to win".

But in the next three sets he played, Nishikori won just two games, trounced 6-0 6-1 by Anderson on Tuesday before Thiem won yesterday's opener 6-1.

The Serb maintained his record of having not lost a set - or service game - at the tournament as he thrashed debutant Anderson to give himself the chance to join Federer on six titles.

"I was very emotional afterwards".

"But I don't think it had anything to do with stuff that happened outside of this event for me. But I was able to come back and play good tennis", said Federer.

But there were also major disappointments - at Wimbledon he lost to Kevin Anderson after leading by two sets and squandering a match point and he departed early from the US Open.

"He's been playing some really good tennis, very solid from back of the court, very strong and great serve", said Djokovic.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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