Anderson ends satisfying 2018 6th on ATP rankings

Sherman Parsons
November 23, 2018

Zverev's straight-sets victory at the weekend levelled their head-to-head record at 3-3, while he also has a 50 per cent success rate against Djokovic with two wins from their four meetings.

Djokovic meanwhile produced a masterful display to outclass South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2.

Zverev took his opportunity in emphatic fashion - blasting down three consecutive aces then winning the set when another Djokovic forehand flew long.

The crowd still expected a Djokovic fight back but it never materialized and at 3-5 the 31-year-old crumbled, serving a double-fault to help Zverev earn two match points.

Born in Hamburg in April 1997 to Russian parents, Zverev is often referred to as Sascha - a common nickname for Alexander in Russia. "I'm very sorry that this happened I didn't mean to upset anybody - that's all I can say, sorry". "All the best for the finals.' And you move on".

Lendl, a former world number one and eight-time grand slam champion, proved an astute coach to Andy Murray.

The momentum shifted slightly in the next game as Zverev hit loose back-to-back double faults to let Djokovic back in, but he was unaffected, again exerting huge pressure on the Djokovic serve to break for the third time in a row and re-take the lead.

An Andrej Kramaric strike just before the hour looked like leading to an ominous repeat of that fateful match at the Luzhniki Stadium last July, but a Jesse Lingard strike 12 minutes from time brought English heads up again before Kane capped the win, sending Croatia down to the second tier of the league next season.

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Federer described it as a "big call" but said Zverev was not to blame.

The mighty All Blacks took on Ireland in Dublin Saturday as part of their European tour, and in a rare turn of events, walked off the field dazed after suffering a 16-9 loss against the home side.

"Novak right now is the best player in the world", said Zverev, who lost to Djokovic in the round robin.

In the decider, Djokovic surrendered a glorious chance of breaking in the ninth game, only to see his 40-15 advantage slip away. The Scot was finally able to realise his grand slam dream under the Czech and it is clearly hoped he will have the same effect on Zverev's career.

Anderson nicked one game back but it was a hopeless task and Djokovic put him out of his misery with a netcord on matchpoint to claim a 35th win in his last 37 matches - a run including the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles to swell his collection of Grand Slam titles to 14.

"I really can not describe it".

"I will do everything I can to get better, to compete with them always".

He added: "Yes, he has won three Masters 1000 titles before, and has beaten Djokovic and Federer before, but to beat Novak and Roger back to back in one of the biggest tournaments in the world tells him, most importantly, but also the world, that he is going to be the next big thing".

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