The happy feelings of this shot on the way to Olympic gold, the desire for revenge for the painful defeat at the US Open – Alexander Zverev ignores all these emotions related to the exceptional talent Novak Djokovic before the semi-final touched in the ATP final.
“We’re not in Tokyo or New York anymore, we’re in Turin,” said the determined world number three: “It’s a new tournament. I’m preparing for a very difficult and very long game.”
On Saturday, the winner of the 2018 tournament will fight for a place in the final in the season finale of the best tennis professionals of the year against the big favorite Djokovic. It’s already the fifth duel this year with the world number one, most recently Zverev lost just under five sets in the US Open semifinals. On the other hand, the return victory in Tokyo, which brought him to the Olympic final, still brings back positive memories.
Zverev is 3: 7 behind in a direct comparison
“The game against Novak, as I was behind, was the key moment on the way to the gold medal,” Zverev said. Saturday’s favorite role goes to the record-breaking Grand Slam winner of Serbia, who has triumphed in majors in Melbourne, Paris and Wimbledon this season. “Anyone who has won three Grand Slam tournaments also deserves to be world number one,” said the Hamburg man.
Against Djokovic, who leads 7: 3 wins in direct comparison, Zverev expects a completely different game on Thursday in the relatively safe 6: 2, 6: 4 against Pole Hubert Hurkacz. “There will be a lot more long rallies, we will run more, we will have to suffer more,” Zverev predicted: “Every game we played was close. In every game we had to get the best of ourselves. wait here for nothing else. “