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Medvedev beats Djokovic to reach semis at ATP Finals

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Medvedev beats Djokovic to reach semis at ATP Finals

LONDON (AP) – Daniil Medvedev is taking pleasure in the ATP Finals a lot much better in his 2nd look.

Medvedev protected an area in the semifinals of the season-ending competition by controling five-time champ Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday for his 2nd straight win of the group phase.

Medvedev, who lost all 3 of his group matches in 2015 on his competition launching, has actually now beaten Djokovic in 3 of their last 4 conferences. The top-ranked Serb can still advance if he beats 2018 champ Alexander Zverev in a winner-takes-all match on Friday.

Zverev kept his competition hopes alive with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 success over Diego Schwartzman previously Wednesday.

Medvedev broke Djokovic 3 straight times to go from 3-3 in the very first set to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd. The very first break followed a marathon video game when the Russian lastly transformed his 3rd break point when Djokovic missed out on a forehand after a long rally.

Djokovic then double-faulted on set point and never ever looked most likely to stage a resurgence in the 2nd. Medvedev conserved the only break point he dealt with at 2-0 and after that protected the success with a forehand winner on his very first match point.

“He was just better, no question about it,” Djokovic stated. ”Simply not an excellent match from my side. I believed I might have and need to have done much better, however credit to him for using a high level.”

Medvedev is looking a lot more comfy at the O2 Arena than in 2015, when his 3 losses consisted of a collapse versus Rafael Nadal in a match where he led 5-1 in the 3rd set.

“You always have doubts in your head, like maybe next year is going to be (like) last year in London, I’m going to go out there and be tight, again, I’m not going to show anything in the Masters finals,” Medvedev stated. “Well, not the case. Finished No. 1 in the group already, which is great.”

Zverev, coming off what he had actually referred to as among his worst matches of the season in his opening loss to Medvedev on Monday, led 3-1 in the 2nd set prior to his Argentine challenger fought back with 2 breaks.

A noticeably annoyed Zverev fired a ball into the empty stands after losing the 2nd set.

The 23-year-old German recuperated and broke Schwartzman two times in the 3rd set. Schwartzman, who fought with unforced mistakes, sent out a forehand into the web to end the match.

The definitive Zverev-Djokovic match on Friday will be a rematch of the last from 2 years earlier when the German won in straight sets.

“I’m happy to give myself a chance to go to the semifinals,” Zverev stated. “I need to win every match, otherwise I’m out, so I’ve got to go in with that mindset. I went to that mindset today, and I did my job.”

Schwartzman broke early in the very first set, however like in Monday’s loss to Djokovic he right away provided it back. Zverev broke once again for a 4-2 lead thanks to Schwartzman’s unforced mistakes.

On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will play Stefanos Tsitsipas with a semifinal location at stake.

Nadal has actually lost to Tsitsipas simply when in 6 conferences – at the 2019 Madrid Open. He beat Tsitsipas here in 2015 in the round robin prior to the 22-year-old Greek went on to win the title.

Nadal has actually never ever won the ATP Finals.

Likewise Thursday, Dominic Thiem, who has actually currently received the semifinals, deals with Andrey Rublev. The Russian is 0-2 and can’t advance.

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