Alexander Zverev at the foot of another monument. / Photo afp
Djokovic after his victory over South Africa Kevin Anderson will not find Federer in the final. The Swiss was eliminated by German youth Alexander Zverev.
A little, very little tension last night in London. Dominating South Africa Kevin Anderson (6-2, 6-2), Novak Djokovic joined in the Masters final Alexander Zverez. The young German made a surprise by getting rid of Swiss Roger Federer, world number 3 and seed number 2, in two sets 7-5, 7-6 (7/5). The Serbian will try today to win the sixth "Masters tournament" against Germany's Alexander Zverev.
After his victory, Zverev apologized to the public and Federer because the replay point was in the second set tie-break: a collector had dropped the ball during the match, Germany stopped playing and the referee was forced to replay points, Zverev served ace to take 4-4.
"I apologize for this situation. That's the rule, we have to replay the points," he explained, clearly bored. "I apologize to Roger on the internet, I want to apologize to many people, I know there are a lot of Roger fans here. I'm sorry that happened." But Germany didn't steal the final, far from it. Very strong, he forced his game on key points while Switzerland made unusual mistakes.
"Nole" will be an old favorite, because he seems to step above all of his opponents. He also beat Zverev in the group stage on Wednesday (6-4, 6-1).
In four matches in London, Djokovic has not been broken. Better, he has to set aside two break points since the start of the tournament.
Facing Anderson, who reached the best season of his career at 32 years old, the Serbian player was never really under pressure.
Above 20th place
Poorly tuned to service, the giant broke up from the entry. Since then, Djokovic was able to open his game without worry: he lost only seven points on the throw. He made two breaks in each round to finally win at 1h15, without forcing his talent.
"I am very happy to play consistently at the top level, week after week. This tournament is very important for all of us, we are always trying to find the energy we can live in and bring it here on the field, so I am truly happy." have the opportunity to conclude apotheosis a season that has started badly. Elbated in February, he has dropped back to 20th place but has started an incredible comeback at the start of the summer, winning the Wimbledon and US Open. Since the beginning of July, he has only lost two matches for 35 wins.
The tricolor pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert qualified for their first Masters doubles final one week before the Davis Cup final, beating Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
Winners 6-3, 5-7 and 10-5 are super tie-breaks, Mahut-Herbert will face America today Mike Bryan and Jack Sock, they dominated in two dry sets (6-2, 6-2) on Friday. in their last group match. "We have to play at the same level as we did yesterday if we want to have the chance to win this trophy," Mahut said. "They are the best team in the last six months, they have won two Grand Slams, we have to be at our best level if we want to win, it will be a special match".
Yesterday, two Americans, this year's Wimbledon and US Open winner, got rid of Brazilian Bruno Soares, ranked 9th in the doubles, and Scotland Jamie Murray, Andy's brother, with a score of 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.
Herbert and Mahut seem to have finally ignited their demons from the Masters.