Surely the absence of Roger Federer, who lost yesterday’s semi-final, will deprive the big finale that most tennis enthusiasts were looking for in London. The final, however, between Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world rankings and Alexander Zverev, No 5 respectively could be a historic one.
The Serb will claim his sixth title in this particular tournament, wanting to match Roger Federer’s record. He has not lost a set so far in the tournament and if he succeeds in defeating Zverev in a similar way, he will become the first player to win the ATP Finals without losing a single set after Ivan Lendl back in 1986.
Apart from the above, Djokovic would also like to raise another 1,500 points by winning the tournament, which will take him further than No. 2 in the world ranking Rafael Nadal. In addition, he will get closer to another Federer’s record, that of the number of consecutive weeks at the top.
In the two previous matches that Djokovic and Zverev played previously this year, in Shanghai and a few days ago at the ATP Finals group stage, they were not at all competitive. Djokovic prevailed really easy against Zverev in both matches. However, Zverev showed a tremendous improvement in his next two games, managing to reach the final.
The German has greatly improved his serve, as he did in his two games against John Isner and Roger Federer. If he wants to become the first German to win the title, after Boris Becker back in 1995, he should continue to show his improvement both in his service and in his returns, and to remain focused throughout the match. Unfortunately for him, he could still fall short.
At least the game would be competitive, unlike their previous two encounters!
The big final is expected to start at 20:00 Greek time.