ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Completes Stunning Victory Over Marin Cilic

Novak Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

No.3 seed Zverev started well but was quickly overwhelmed as errors started to dominate his game. Isner with the score 5:4 for admission has missed three set-Bola, but the tie-break confidently defeated Cilic, which made Djokovic the first participant in the 1/2 final.

Further errors from Cilic saw Zverev race to a 5-1 lead before a classy backhand victor and a unreturnable serve sealed the second-set tiebreak, as well as the opening win.

"I thought I played well from midway through the second set, I started to swing through the ball but I haven't served that great".

All seven round-robin matches played so far this week have been won in straight sets. We'll see if I can do it.

And the floppy-haired, gold chain-wearing Zverev looked every bit a real contender for the game's biggest prizes as he fired down 140mph serves and thrilled the packed crowd with spectacular groundstrokes, especially from his lethal backhand.

The manner of Zverev's collapse set the tone of what was to follow.

The German rallied from 0-30 down in his next service game to hold, but that was the last of his resistance.

Zverev, Cilic and Isner can all still join Djokovic in the semis, and calculators might be needed on Friday.

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.

John Isner said it had been "very difficult" to focus on his second match at the ATP Finals against Marin Cilic after learning of the death of his close friend and former strength coach Kyle Morgan. "But I was able to come back and play good tennis". His sole win during the group stage action a year ago, however, came over Cilic.

The net game always looked unsafe for Zverev and so it proved as he double-faulted to concede the set. If he were to win both of those matches at the end of a long, tough season, his coming of age would be near its apex.

Novak Djokovic fears staging a revamped Davis Cup finals and a revived ATP World Team Cup weeks apart could hurt the sport and result in creating two "average" events.

"If Sascha [Zverev] serves like that, he could have a very good shot at winning". 'He's just not used to playing at that level consistently with the way you have to play, ' he said.

Cilic wobbled briefly, handing the break back with a woeful game, but struck again with some bludgeoning groundstrokes and kept his composure to claim the win.

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