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Arnold Nichols
November 17, 2018

Djokovic is chasing a sixth ATP Finals title and his first in the prestigious season-ending event at London's O2 Arena since 2015.

Novak Djokovic moved closer to a place in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals as the world number one dispatched Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday.

Isner ends the season at No. 10 after winning two titles including his biggest one yet in Miami.

When he lost the opener to the American on a tiebreak it looked like more misery for Cilic, but he responded in superb fashion, even if he needed some help from Isner's mighty serve. "Sometimes you got to hope he's a bit off. Unfortunatley, I don't think that was the case tonight". I was getting frustrated with myself about that.

"Obviously the Davis Cup and World Team Cup situation is delicate", Djokovic told reporters after his 6-4 6-1 defeat of Zverev at the ATP Finals on Wednesday. Djokovic pounced and broke for the set, 6-4, after 48 minutes.

To find out more about him, David Law (BBC 5 Live) chats to his long-time friend and colleague Andrej Antic, a German tennis writer who has worked for Tennis MAGAZIN for over two decades.

If Zverev survives that examination, he most likely will have to go through it again against the five-time champion Djokovic in the final. The first set was unbelievably tight.

The top-ranked Djokovic and third-seeded Zverev engaged in a number of thrilling early exchanges, but it wasn't until the ninth game that Zverev earned the first break point of the match, aided by a friendly net cord.

With both players needing to win to have a decent chance of advancing their cause - although there's some permutations available (I think!) where Zverev can still qualify with a loss - I expect player motivation to be high, and it would be a surprise if this wasn't an extremely tight match.

Further errors from Cilic saw Zverev race to a 5-1 lead before a classy backhand victor and a unreturnable serve sealed the second-set tiebreak, as well as the opening win.

As in 2014, the first seven singles matches of the tournament have been completed in straight sets. Not just an Isner win will carry the Serb to the semi-finals but a Cilic win in three sets would do the same.

He left little doubt about the strength of his self-conviction when asked the other day if Ivan Lendl, his latest mentor, had brought rigour and discipline to their off-court work.

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