ATP Tour Finals Day Four: Cilic correctly priced for must-win clash

Share

Cristiano Ronaldo dined out in London after taking in Novak Djokovic's sensational performance courtside at the ATP World Tour Finals. Not wanting to miss out on the great tennis match, Cristiano traveled with his Spanish girlfriend and son to London to enjoy of London's O2 Arena in which Djokovic finished off as number one in the classification, getting ahead of Rafa Nadal, who finds himself in second place.

"The match was great".

Yesterday's action in London saw two comprehensive straight-set victories in the Hewitt Group, with Kei Nishikori destroyed by Kevin Anderson, and Roger Federer easing past Dominic Thiem, to get his first victory of the tournament. "Sometimes you got to hope he's a bit off. Unfortunatley, I don't think that was the case tonight".

Isner applied himself admirably but barely avoided being broken a few times in the first set, and was broken twice more in the second set.

The Serb is a red-hot favourite to draw level on six titles at the season finale with Federer, who faces an uphill task to reach the semifinals after his loss in his first round-robin match. Zverev then conjured up a match point with a sublime backhand victor at 30-30 at 5-4 but Cilic resisted and held serve with a strong serve down the middle.

Since the start of Wimbledon, he has now won 32 out of 34 matches.

More news: Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape
More news: Henshaw and Murray ruled out of All Blacks clash
More news: Italy plans not to change its large-spending budget, rejected by Brussels

The last time Novak Djokovic played at the O2 Arena he suffered a chastening defeat at the hands of home hero Andy Murray which confirmed the end of his dominance at the top of the men's game.

After both players held serve to force the tiebreak, Zverev took advantage of some wayward Cilic hitting to take a 5-2 lead, before converting his third set point with a passing backhand down the line. "It worked out", Zverev, who vented his anger in the direction of coach Ivan Lendl in the early stages, said.

"I missed this tournament previous year because of injury". "The court is very fast".

"The win, that's the most important thing", said Zverev, who failed to advance from the round-robin stage on his debut previous year.

Djokovic lost only four points on his own serve in the first set but what was most worrying for Isner was the way his opponent managed to read his towering delivery, pinging back returns to the baseline with monotonous regularity.

Share