Cilic beats Isner, gets first victory at ATP Finals

Sherman Parsons
November 16, 2018

The 21-year-old Zverev, who has a Tour-leading 55 match wins this year, went toe-to-toe with Djokovic from the baseline and looked to have the firepower to worry his opponent.

"The issue is that our season is way too long".

Djokovic won the first set 6/4 on a single break of the Zverev serve, thanks to his returning success off the German's hard delivery in which he totaled nine aces and a whopping seven double faults.

Djokovic and former star Yevgeny Kafelnikov later weighed in on the matter.

"He obviously made a lot of unforced errors that allowed me to win, probably easier than expected".

"The first set was extremely tough and John played a great tie-break", Cilic said.

Zverev is no fan of the gruelling schedule.

Djokovic faces Cilic in his last group match on Friday, while Zverev, who defeated Cilic to kick off his Finals campaign, takes on Isner.

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"Obviously the Davis Cup and World Team Cup situation is delicate", Djokovic said.

"We find ourselves in this kind of particular circumstances and situations that we have to deal with right now". That's why she was so successful.' Djokovic commented on his win over Alexander Zverev: 'I don't think it was breathtaking tennis, to be honest from both of us but a win is a win. "For that, I have to play good tennis".

"I think it's not sustainable". So I think creating one event is an ideal scenario and I think outcome for everyone.

"I've been called different names for the flexibility".

"We have to try to focus on quality rather than quantity". Then you have players like (Karen) Khachanov, of course, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, (Borna) Coric.

"You guys might be a little bit rough on them".

Just what would be the impact of such a life-changing event on a man already coping with one the biggest weeks of his career, his first qualification at the ATP Finals-one of the oldest ever to do so, and after winning his first Masters and reaching his first Major semi-final at Wimbledon. He has proven himself, established himself as a top player.

Djokovic, who beat Isner in his opening group-stage match, has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in the second half of 2018 and lifting the trophy on the banks of the River Thames would be the ideal way to finish his year. "I expect him to play better than he did in Shanghai". Following his resurgence over the last few months, which has seen him win 24 of 26 matches - while exhibiting a 118.7% combined hold/break percentage - he looks like he's getting towards his best levels from years gone by, which is extremely ominous for the rest of the tour.

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