Federer vs Zverev

Federer vs Zverev : The first semifinal of 2018 ATP Finals, Federer vs Zverev will be played between second seed Roger Federer and third seed Alexander Zverev. Although they both lost a match each during their round robin stage, Federer topped his group whereas Zverev finished second behind Novak Djokovic in his group. This is the 15th time that Federer has made it to the semifinal stage at the year-ending championship, and he Federer vs Zverev ,is going to meet a player who has made it this far for the first time in his young career.

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Federer and Zverev have each improved through the week in London. Federer looked lost in his opening-match defeat to Kei Nishikori, while Zverev looked despondent in his loss to Novak Djokovic. By Thursday and Friday, though, both men had found a more confidently aggressive form. Zverev, in particular, was unusually upbeat in his semifinal-clinching win over John Isner on Friday. More importantly, he served unusually well, firing 18 aces in two sets. Zverev as a servebot is an entirely different, and scarier, proposition than the one his opponents have seen over the second half of this season.

Can Zverev serve that well, or approximately that well, on Saturday, when faced with a more consistent returner? Federer is 3-2 against Zverev, and he won their last meeting, at this event 12 months ago. He’s also a six-time champion in London, and he’ll be coming off a day of rest. It’s possible that Zverev is building to a breakthrough this week, and that he will come out and overpower Federer. But all else being equal, it’s more likely that Federer will

Roger Federer and Zverev will face off for a place in the ATP Finals final on Saturday, with the duo’s clash promising to be blockbuster.Zverev has booked his place in the semi-finals after overcoming John Isner on Friday, who he beat 7-6, 6-3.

Federer, meanwhile, survived a shock opening defeat to Kei Nishikori to make the last four courtesy of wins over Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson.

And Zverev has now recalled how Federer gave him words of advice after he was knocked out of the Australian Open in the third-round back in January.
Federer has beaten Zverev in three of their two showdowns so far.

And Sky Sports pundit Greg Rusedski believes the Swiss maestro is back to his best following his thumping of Anderson.”I thought Federer was excellent tonight,” Rusedski said on Sky Sports.“Tactics were superb. He served better, improved dramatically from his second match again.

The numbers say this will be one-way traffic, with Djokovic doing the driving. He’s 7-1 against Anderson, hasn’t lost to him since 2008, beat him easily in the Wimbledon final, and he beat him again in Shanghai this fall. But Anderson likes the great indoors: He’s won two indoor events this year, and he played two excellent matches to start this week, against Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori. He could power his way through a set on Saturday as well, but probably not two. Whether it’s Federer or Zverev waiting in the final, Djokovic is going to want to meet him, and beat him, to cap his meteoric Tennis comeback in proper season-ending style.

The semifinals are all set for the Tennis Nitto ATP Finals. Roger Federer had to shake off an uninspiring start to the tournament by claiming two successive wins to earn his spot in the last four. Alexander Zverev did it the hard way too, beating John Isner in his final group match to become the youngest semifinalist at the ATP Finals in nine years. That record was last held by Juan Martin Del Potro, and it shows the strides taken by the young German in his quest for glory.

Zverev’s semifinal opponent will be the 6-time champion of the Nitto ATP Finals, Roger Federer, who last won at this event in 2011 before Djokovic rose to be the dominant man in London. Zverev’s victory over John Isner was his 56th tour-level win this season, which is a career-best for the German. Surprisingly, with that win, he is also guaranteed to finish the year with the most tour-level victories, ahead of both Djokovic and Federer.

Roger Federer bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Kei Nishikori for just the third time in his career with two solid wins against Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson to comfortably top Group Lleyton Hewitt, and secure his place in the semis of the ATP Finals for the record 15th time. His performance against Anderson was outstanding and he later explained after the match he always deTennisrs during clutch moments.
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Prediction: I think from seeing Federer and Djokovic in opposite sides of the group, it felt inevitable they would meet again in the finals. But let’s not count the chickens just yet. I remember last year Federer was odds-on favorite to win the tournament and ended up losing to David Goffin out of the blue in the semis. Zverev has the game to beat Federer. He already has two wins against the Maestro and knows what it takes to beat Federer. Incidentally, their last meeting was at last year’s Nitto ATP Finals at the round robin stage, when Federer won in three sets. Federer is vulnerable and there were many 30-30 games on Federer’s serve when he played Anderson, which Zverev can do better than the South African. I am going for the upset here which will deny us the “dream” final.

ATP Finals 2018

ATP Finals 2018 : The tennis season’s grand finale returns to London for the 10th successive year as the O2 Arena plays host to the ATP Finals. Federer and Djokovic can still meet at the semi-final stages if the Serbian is defeated by Marin Cilic, but Alexander Zverev beats John Isner.

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The match was already a dead rubber but Djokovic warmed up for the semi-finals with a 7-6 (7) 6-2 victory.

World number one Djokovic will face South African debutant Kevin Anderson, the man he beat in this year’s Wimbledon final, in the other semi-final.

“Obviously I knew before the match that I had already qualified, and I knew who I’m playing, so it wasn’t easy to approach this match with 100 per cent willingness to win it,” said Djokovic.

“But this is a unique format and both of us wanted to win from the first point. It was a close first set which probably decided the match.

“(Anderson) is playing some great tennis, it’s definitely his best season and he’s continued doing that throughout this tournament.

“He’s playing well, serving well, very aggressive, so I know what to expect.”

The last round of the Round Robin matches at the ATP Finals will be finished by the end of the day, but we don’t yet know who will be the four semifinalists.

This edition has lacked a bit of spice, except for a couple of matches, most others have been one-sided. Today might compensate for that as the results will decide the semifinalists for this tournament that is nearly half a century old.

An Alexander Zverev coming back from injury, a John Isner trying to utilize his lucky qualification and a Marin Cilic desperate to get back into full flow, will all be fighting to finish in the top 2 today. But let’s focus on the fiery Cilic for now.

When Cilic takes court at about 8:00pm local time (1:30am, Saturday IST), he will know whether he has any chance at all of reaching the semifinal. His qualification depends on the result of the first match of the day, between Alexander Zverev and John Isner. The American has to win or at least take a set if Cilic wants to have a crack at the semifinal spot.

However, waiting for the Croat at the other side of the net will be the World No.1 and comeback king Novak Djokovic. Cilic’s chances of winning that match look bleak considering their head-to-head record where he trails 2-16. However, he can take confidence from the fact that his last victory over the Serb came in the same city, albeit on a different surface – at the Queen’s Club Championship.

The only win for the World No. 7 on hard courts came a couple of years ago. But he will be hoping that the luck of London can get the best out of him.

When your back is against the wall, going on the attack is not a choice but a compulsion. Cilic, whose power has sometimes been described as animal-like, does have the ability to pull a surprise – like he showed at the 2014 US Open. As a matter of fact, his semifinal victim in that tournament was none other than the man who has come back to qualify from a different group in this year’s ATP Finals – Roger Federer.

A powerful serve, a hammer-like forehand and a good return game should help Cilic to replicate that kind of a performance. Another fact that can aid him is that Djokovic, having already qualified for the semis, might not find it easy to remain 100% motivated for the match – the way we saw with Kevin Anderson yesterday.

Knowing the champion that Djokovic is, he might not struggle as much as the South African. But that seems to be the best way for Cilic to advance.

The fifth seed at the year-ender can use his weight of shot to drag Djokovic to the forehand side and then deposit one towards his backhand. He has to get his shots to near-perfection in order to make Djokovic stretch a bit. He also has to force him to go down the line, as the Serb has a higher ratio of errors when playing that shot.

Yes, Cilic has other options based on his strengths, but during long rallies his chances of success will dwindle with each passing shot. In any case, beating such a great player who is in ominous form will be an immensely difficult proposition.

A win today will ensure the top spot in the Guga Kuerten group for Cilic. But a loss by any margin will send him out of the tournament. It is a ‘go big or go home’ scenario tonight for the Croatian contender, and it will be fascinating to see how he fares.

Third seed Alexander Zverev booked his place in the semi-finals of the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals with a straight-set win over John Isner on Friday.

Novak Djokovic was also a winner at London’s O2 Arena. The Serb, who had already confirmed his place in the last four as a group winner, defeated fifth seed Marin Cilic in straight sets.

Both Zverev and Djokovic will return on Saturday for their semi-final matches. The German takes on Roger Federer, while the top seed plays South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.