The world No. 1 produced a trendy show to win 6-Three 7-6 (7-4) in opposition to his 23-year-old opponent who struggled to succeed in the depth wanted to bother the Serb.
Each males knew the winner of their remaining round-robin match would face reigning US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, within the semifinals on Saturday and Djokovic is effectively conscious of the problem forward.
“Being one of many hardest staff on the tour, one of the devoted gamers, Dominic (Thiem) has discovered his A-game on all surfaces. His first grand slam got here on a tough court docket earlier this 12 months in New York,” Djokovic stated after his match.
“I performed him final 12 months right here and I misplaced … it was actually an exhilarating match. Hopefully, we are able to have one other nice match however hopefully with a distinct final result.”
Having misplaced his final group match in straight units to Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic began on the entrance foot and cruised to a set lead with relative ease.
Nevertheless, Zverev started to search out his rhythm because the match progressed and his first serve started dominating proceedings.
However it was a case of too little too late for the 2018 champion as Djokovic expertly held his nerve within the second-set tiebreak — the Serb has solely misplaced one tiebreak this season.
“I felt nice, early within the first set he had a few breakpoint probabilities however I managed to serve effectively within the necessary moments,” Djokovic added.
“Opposite to the final match in opposition to Daniil (Medvedev) I simply managed to search out the suitable photographs on the proper time.
“I’ve great respect for him (Alexander Zverev). He is an important participant, enormous serve, Clearly, it isn’t straightforward to return the 140mph serves.”
An in-form Medvedev will face Rafael Nadal within the different semifinal on Saturday with the season-ending finale set for Sunday.
Nadal has gained 20 grand slams throughout his illustrious profession however has but to win the ATP Finals.
The match is being held on the O2 Enviornment in London for the final time earlier than it strikes to Turin in 2021.
There will not be an opportunity for followers to say farewell to the stage that is hosted the Finals since 2009, with matches being performed behind closed doorways as a result of pandemic.