|Venue: O2 Area, London Date: 15-22 November|
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An error-prone Novak Djokovic was crushed for under the fourth time this yr as Daniil Medvedev reached the semi-finals on the ATP Finals.
The Serb hit 24 unforced errors and 5 double faults in a 6-3 6-3 loss to fourth seed Medvedev in London.
World primary Djokovic, 33, can nonetheless qualify for the final 4 if he wins his last round-robin match towards Alexander Zverev on Friday.
Zverev earlier boosted his personal hopes with victory over Diego Schwartzman.
The German fifth seed overcame a poor second set to assert a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win towards the Argentine, who’s now unable to achieve the knockout stage after Medvedev’s win on the O2 Area.
Djokovic has no reply to Medvedev’s vitality
Djokovic got here into this match having misplaced simply thrice in 2020 – when he was defaulted on the US Open, when he was crushed by Rafael Nadal within the French Open last after which when he was upset by Lorenzo Sonego within the quarter-finals in Vienna.
He’s chasing a record-equalling sixth title right here and though he nonetheless has a great probability of advancing, he should do it the onerous manner towards Zverev.
The Serb was made to work onerous from the off by Medvedev, who created two break factors within the third recreation of the opening set in a high-energy show.
Regardless of some prolonged video games, together with one which lasted seven minutes and one other that went to 5 deuces, Medvedev didn’t tire as he broke for 4-3 when Djokovic netted a forehand.
A double fault handed the 24-year-old Russian the set as a part of a run of seven video games in a row that he strung collectively to guide 3-0 within the second.
Djokovic obtained himself on the scoreboard however it was too late as Medvedev continued to dominate the baseline rallies and went 5-2 up.
The Serb then held to pressure the Russian to serve it out, which he did with confidence as a forehand winner wrapped up his second victory in two matches within the Group Tokyo 1970.
“I can’t enable these items [losing seven games in a row] to occur once I’m taking part in the highest gamers on the earth,” Djokovic mentioned.
“He was simply higher, no query about it. We began nicely. As much as 3-3 [in the first set] it was fairly an excellent match however after that break he was cruising. I struggled to search out the correct stage.”
Medvedev, who made solely 12 unforced errors and gained 10 of the final 13 video games, is experiencing a really totally different ATP Finals to final yr the place he misplaced all three of his group matches on his debut.
“I am certain he did not play his greatest however it occurs to everyone,” Medvedev, who advances as group winner, mentioned in an on-court interview.
“I am feeling assured. I knew I needed to take my probabilities and it was an amazing match for me.”
Who can qualify for the semi-finals?
The permutations at this occasion are sometimes mind-bendingly difficult however this yr it’s simple.
With the 2 group winners already determined after Dominic Thiem clinched Group London 2020 with victory over Nadal on Tuesday, there are two winner-takes-all matches to find out the remaining semi-finalists.
Earlier than Djokovic and Zverev meet on Friday, 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal and defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas face one another on Thursday (20:00 GMT).
In Thursday’s different match US Open champion Thiem takes on already eradicated Russian Andrey Rublev (14:00).
In the meantime, Britain’s solely consultant on the occasion – Joe Salisbury – and his American accomplice Rajeev Ram might be chasing a spot within the doubles semi-finals on Thursday. They should beat German pair Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies to advance (18:00).
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
This was solely Djokovic’s fourth defeat of the season – and was all of the extra shocking given the way in which he began the match.
Medvedev did very nicely to climate the storm, after which improbably and fantastically to reel off seven video games in a row.
Eight second-set aces tightened his grip on the match, however there was a curious indifference to Djokovic because the tide turned towards him.
The round-robin format can play tips with the thoughts: Djokovic knew he couldn’t be knocked out tonight.
However now he should beat Zverev on Friday afternoon. Will he be capable of rouse himself with a spot within the semi-finals on the road?