First set: Zverev * 2-2 Djokovic (* denotes server): Zverev is forced to chase the court and lose the point by 15 to 15, but he recovers with an ace in 44th of the week. Then he goes from 40 to 15 with some looting and volleyball on the net. He holds his loot fairly easily. Both are playing well.
First set: Zverev 1-2 Djokovic * (* denotes server): Zverev makes a strange challenge for a ball that is clearly off to go 30-0 down. A waste. He then gives Djokovic an easy chance to go 40-0 before claiming the game.
First set: Zverev * 1-1 Djokovic (* denotes server): Zverev shows his courage, making Djokovic chase the whole course to the first point, then quickly claims 30-0. A non-forced shot hits the net by 30-15, but causes a Djokovic error to the point of play, and then collects the game with an ace.
First set: Zverev 0-1 Djokovic * (* denotes server): Djokovic throws a loose shot to lose the first point and then double faults in the second. Or him? He asks for a nullification that he wins. And then he wins the point after an elongated meeting of 29 shots he sees with a smash. The first serve is again loose in the next, but two mistakes by Zverev set up the point of the game that is devoured with ease.
Nobody won more than Zverev57 matches this year and he has won three titles. He had a good year, but nothing compared to the semester Novak enjoyed.
The bid is madeand the photos are made. Zverev opts to receive a serve from Djokovic. Now for the knock-up.
Djokovic hits the expanding soundtrack of soft rock with a gospel sound. He speaks.
Probably a different match, but I expect the same result. He has been playing well in the last few games, especially against Roger. This is one of the biggest events we have in sport. I am very proud of my achievements in the last five or six months and hope to win the title.
Here come the players. Zverev enters, wearing a stripe of attractive peach. And he talks too.
I'm very excited, very happy to be here. I have to calm down and focus on the game. He is very focused and very aggressive. The main thing is to find ways to win and I'm looking forward to it.
Djokovic is the world no 1, having been there not 22 not long ago. He also was not defeated in this tournament and faced only two break points. This makes it an incredible task for Zverev, who has to take down the hammer he received on Wednesday.
Zverev is in his dressing room being placed in his steps; your coach has it on some kind of leash. On TV, Gustavo Kuerten is reminiscing about his memories of this tournament, which he won in 2000, when he became known as the Tennis Masters Cup and was held in Lisbon. He still has an admirable amount of hair and was heralded by his nickname "Guga".
Zverev is trained by Ivan Lendl, which recalls the relationship that the Czech legend had with Andy Murray.
It seems they have a similarly impatient relationship.
These two met on Wednesday and it was kind of a ride to Djokovic.
At least Alexander Zverev will not have to deal with the hordes of R-Fed fans who really did not like the man losing to the young suitor and especially not that with the ball boy.
While the long era of the big names in tennis is approaching, Zverev is one of those players who can enter the all-powerful of Federer and Nadal, although Novak Djokovic is not going fast anywhere. Despite losing the Paris Masters to Karen Khachanov two weeks ago, he is back as the number one in the world, and has won two Grand Slams this year.
Can Zverev go one step further? He may need to play at the level that Khachanov struck in Paris, but he is not as powerful as the Russian. Winning this event, meanwhile, would announce you as a candidate for the vacant posts that will appear soon.
The shrewd ones say that Zverev must strive to get the big awards and they are no tougher than Djokovic, who beat him 6-4 6-1 in the group stage. This will be their fourth meeting; Zverev actually won one, in the Italian clay Masters, a surface that suits him better, and last year when Djoko was with an oscillation.