Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cilic win sees Djokovic book semifinal place in ATP Finals

Cilic win sees Djokovic book semifinal place in ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic reacts after beating John Isner to claim a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title.

Earlier, Zverev kept his nerve at the key moments to beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1), recovering from a break down in each set.

"I thought I played well from mid-way through the second set".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Germany's Alexander Zverev during their mens singles round-robin match on day four of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 14, 2018. I think in the next two years we'll have both events happening in a very similar format if not the same, six weeks apart.

Djokovic appeared to be suffering with a cold and grabbed a tissue from his pocket on occasions, but after some fierce resistance in the opening set he ran away with the match. Zverev then conjured up a match point with a sublime backhand victor at 30-30 at 5-4 but Cilic resisted and held serve with a strong serve down the middle.

"When I left college, I worked out exclusively with Kyle for probably seven years". "He wasn't close to his best in the second set so it looked a bit easier than expected because he served very well in the first set, but it dropped in the second set and allowed me to step in".

"I am going to enjoy some quality time with my family and then get ready for the last game in the group".

Djokovic, who will end the year as world number one for the fifth time in his career after a storming second half of the season, leads the Gustavo Kuerten group.

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The 21-year-old shocked Djokovic in the Rome final last year, but the Serb was on top when they met in a one-sided Shanghai semi-final last month and it was the same story again in their third meeting.

Zverev saved two break points before a double fault - his 18th unforced error of the opener - handed Djokovic the set.

Despite being widely-tipped as a future Grand Slam champion, Zverev has yet to go beyond the quarter-finals at any of the four majors. Zverev did not break Djokovic's serve once throughout the 76-minute match.

The high-quality encounter reached a crescendo when Djokovic pummelled Zverev into submission in the fourth game of the second set.

But Cilic, whose only other Finals victory came against Kei Nishikori in 2016, had other ideas as he roared back to take the final two sets. I just started missing unnecessary balls.

"It seemed like Sascha was not feeling really great, definitely not playing well, especially from the back of the court".

Here (at the ATP Finals) he showed a great form in his first two matches.

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