Alexander Zverev will attempt to prevent Novak Djokovic from claiming a sixth ATP Finals crown when the two clash in Sunday’s showpiece final at the O2 Arena.
It is the third time in the past four years that two players in the same group meet again in the championship match: after Dimitrov faced Goffin last year, and Djokovic got revenge on Federer back in 2015.
Djokovic has been the most superior player on the planet for the past five months and will go into the final as the overwhelming favourite. He brushed Kevin Anderson aside for the loss of just four games to book his spot in the final. The Serb is already guaranteed to end the season as the world #1 for the fifth time in his illustrious career and this may be why he is oozing with such confidence at the moment.
No one has looked close to beating the 31-year-old in London as he has not dropped a set in his four matches here. In fact, the Serb has not been broken in his thirty-six service games and has only faced two break points all week.
However, Zverev is a determined man on a mission and he will be extremely motivated to cap off a stellar season in the best possible way. A stunning performance saw the 21-year-old end Roger Federer’s season at the semifinal stage, and he does not want that to be his last victory of 2018.
Zverev is the youngest man in the eight-man field and is also the youngest finalist at the ATP Finals since Juan Martin del Potro in 2009. The world #5 is also hoping to become the first German to win this event in twenty-three years – after Boris Becker.
Djokovic defeated Zverev just a matter of days ago and the Serb will look to use this to his advantage, “That win can definitely serve as maybe a mental advantage a little bit,” he told the ATP.
“[Zverev’s] shown why he deserves to be in the mix of the top players in the world.”
The young German will be facing a man who has lost just twice since Wimbledon so the challenge will be great. Zverev also spoke to the ATP, “Novak right now is the best player in the world. It’s very tough to beat him. He’s barely lost a match in the last six months.”
The pair have met on three previous occasions: the 2017 Rome final, this year’s Shanghai semifinal and their recent encounter in the ATP Finals a few days ago. Their head-to-head is edged two wins to one in the Serb’s favour. Djokovic has got the most recent win on the exact same court that they will play on Sunday, so the momentum certainly lies on the world #1’s side. Despite this, Zverev has beaten the Serb in a final (Rome) so that could also play a factor.
After a long and grueling eleven-month season on the ATP World Tour, we are left with just two players: Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. Both have played some spellbinding tennis at the O2 Arena. The pair will battle it out to end their respective seasons in the best possible manor: by winning the ATP Finals.