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13 Nov 2018 by Trystan Pugh

ATP World Tour Finals 2018 – Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev taking place? O2 Arena, London

When is Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Wednesday 14th November, 2018 - 14:00 (UK)

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev on? BBC Two & Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev? BBC iPlayer & Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com...

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic showed why he is the overwhelming favourite for the tournament with an outstanding display against John Isner in his first match and he is oozing with confidence after his 6-4, 6-3 victory.
  • Against the huge serving of Isner, Djokovic was able to neutralise the American's biggest weapon and turn defence into attack and he is playing as well as he ever has right now.
  • The world number one has only faced Zverev twice before but their most recent contest came just last month when he comfortably outclassed the German 6-2, 6-1 on the hard courts in Shanghai.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Zverev recovered well from going a break down in both sets against Marin Cilic in his first match and he was able to come through in two tie-breaks so he has positioned himself well in the Gustavo Kuerten group.
  • The German was not at his best in that match but was able to capitalise on some trademark mental lapses from Cilic and he will be delighted with the way he managed to close out the match.
  • His recent heavy defeat to Djokovic in Shanghai will be a concern but he will try and draw upon the memory of beating the 14-time Grand Slam winner in the final of the Rome Masters last year to pick up his first 1000 title.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Djokovic is at the peak of his powers at the moment and it would take something extraordinary to stop him if he plays to the levels he showed against John Isner on Monday. Zverev represents an entirely different opponent and it is likely to be more of a slugfest from the baseline, but Djokovic's metronomic consistency makes him more than up to the task of such an attritional battle.

The pair have one win apiece when it comes to past meetings but their most recent contest is most telling as Djokovic had little trouble in dismantling the young German in Shanghai. With it being a similar surface at the O2 Arena, it is difficult to look past a repeat result, especially as Zverev is not playing with complete freedom at the moment. Expect Djokovic to pick up where he left off and make it two wins from two. Djokovic in straight sets.

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