July 25, 2021

Teachers Cup 2018: Djokovic, the whip for the strong | sports

Teachers Cup 2018: Djokovic, the whip for the strong | sports

In a few years, when you look back and rebuild the amazing rebirth of Novak Djokovic, we will speak of a city that already occupies its own space in the return of the Serbian, who five months ago won in the green of Wimbledon and raised his head permanently, and these days he continues to enjoy on the banks of the Thames and sporting biceps on the table. O2 This year, there is no place that has seen him win more to Nole than London, where he has 12 victories in 13 matches – the Queen's final against Marin Cilic, the only concession – and this Wednesday he finished his second Masters Cup match ( 6-4 and 6-1 to Alexander Zverev, in 1h 16m) to happily caress the semifinals, in the absence of the last pulse in the group stage.

Maybe it was not Nole's brightest day, but he did not need more either. Without fanfare, but with the security of the one who knows himself stronger than who is on the other side of the net, he taught Zverev what to do on a track and the German corresponded in the opposite direction, lowering his arms and letting himself go so as not to get stained earthen. And they are a few times already. A few shines and good work were enough for Djokovic (11 winners and 13 unforced errors), while the 21-year-old resigned too fast, just giving up the first set, and extended the red carpet to decorate the number one step .

It was until this Wednesday Zverev the only contender of the Masters that Nole did not dominate in the private crossings. In front of the other six he commands -25-22 to Roger Federer, 7-1 to Kevin Anderson, 16-2 to Marin Cilic, 5-2 to Dominic Thiem, 15-2 to Kei Nishikori and 9-1 to John Isner- and now also is above (2-1) of Hamburg, who tried to throw a cloak before journalists. "Sascha did not feel very well, and I did not have a good day," he introduced with a cold. "But somehow I gained strength when I needed it," he explained, before asking for patience with the new batch of which Zverev has been unmarked. "The young people of the next generation have a lot of quality, so we should not be so hard on them. The future of the game is in good hands, "the Belgrade resolved.

It should also be remembered that Djokovic (31 years old and father of two children) is also above the two illustrious absentees in this edition of the London Masters: he surpasses both Rafael Nadal (27-25) and Juan Martín del Potro ( 15-4).

TO backs of a fabulous streak that started in July, in the grass of London -close to number one, 33 wins and 2 losses, and four more trophies in his bookshelf-, the hierarch of the circuit adds and continues now in Greenwich, where he wishes to raise his sixth master title to stand out from Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl, and equal Federer. This Thursday (21.00, Movistar + D2), the Swiss plays the access to semifinals against Anderson and before (15.00) Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem are measured, the latter with few options to have given in the first two duels.

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