Djokovic-Thiem and Nadal-Medvedev, the semifinals at the London Masters


La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, November 21, 2020, p. a11

London. The last edition of the ATP Finals in London could have a dream climax after the world’s number one, Serbian Novak Djokovic, beat German Alexander Zverev 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to seal his pass. to the semifinals.

The loss to Russian Daniil Medvedev had left the five-time tournament champion with the need to beat Zverev to avoid elimination in the group stage and he was forced to do so with a relatively comfortable victory.

Djokovic finished second in the Tokyo Group, which is named after the place where the first edition of the tournament that closes the season 50 years ago was played, and with Rafael Nadal who finished in the same position in the London Group, thus avoiding a clash in the semifinals.

The 33-year-old Serbian will face US Open champion Dominic Thiem on Saturday when Nadal meets Medvedev.

Unlike what happened in the game with Daniil today, I landed the right shots at the right times, Djokovic said.

The final match on Sunday will end 12 years of the Masters in London before play begins in Turin. Djokovic was defeated by Zverev in the 2018 final, in a match that took place in an electrifying atmosphere in front of 18,000 fans. This time, the stadium was empty due to restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a surreal backdrop for a match with both at stake.

The Serbian seeks to match Roger Federer’s record of six ATP Finals titles, as Nadal tries to win it for the first time.

In the other match of the day, Medvedev completed a perfect performance in the initial phase of the competition by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 and 6-3, who for his part said goodbye to the tournament with three defeats in the same amount of presentations.