ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Completes Stunning Victory Over Marin Cilic

Novak Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

The victory over fourth-seed Anderson in the Lleyton Hewitt Group takes Federer through to the semi-finals for the 15th time in 16 attempts at the season-ending finale and means he will likely avoid a meeting in the last four against in-form Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian is back in business following an injury-hit few months which saw him enter Wimbledon in July ranked 21 in the world.

And with a cloud hanging over Roger Federer, who was dreadfully out of sorts in losing to Kei Nishikori on Sunday evening, the path looks clear for Djokovic to move level with the Swiss on six titles.

Murray and Soares, who have lost in the last four in each of the past two years, won their group with a 100% record of three victories. "It wasn't a great quality tennis match, to be honest".

Despite knowing his hopes were over, Isner remained competitive in the second set until dropping serve in the eighth game - the only break in a match of high-quality serving.

Federer knows he has to lift his game and he will lift it.' Federer felt motivated by the whole scenario: 'Today, when highlights were showing from the last 10 years here at the O2, I really reminded myself again what a pleasure and what a privilege it is to play in this arena. "I kind of enjoyed the time off but I missed this arena and I'm glad to be back".

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World No 1 Novak Djokovic showed his class late on Friday night as he held his nerve against Marin Cilic to boost his chances of winning the Nitto ATP Finals in London with a 7-6, 6-2 win.

Zverev will need to take his break point chances, while Isner's best chance of set wins will probably be via tiebreaks. And Rusedski says the German has lots to work on in the close season.

Then at deuce Cilic consulted umpire Ali Nili before deciding against challenging a long call which, had he done so, would have earned him set point.

"I had a tough match, another tough loss at a Grand Slam". But I came up with some great shots in the tiebreak as well.

It was hardly the cream of men's tennis. But, out of the blue, Cilic produced three unforced errors before a double fault handed a break, and the inititative back to Zverev.

The one break Djokovic converted in the first set, at 2-2, was a cross-court forehand return victor which stranded Isner.

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