ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic lost to Daniil Medvedev for the third time in their last four encounters but still has a chance to reach the semi-finals if he beats Alexander Zverev on November 20.
- Daniil Medvedev registered a 6-3, 6-3 win over Novak Djokovic
- Djokovic can still reach the semi-finals if he beats 2018 champion Alexander Zverev
- Zverev battled past Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to keep his campaign alive in the tournament
Five-time champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat against Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday at the ATP Finals with the Russian going through to the semi-finals as a result of his second straight win of the group stage.
Medvedev registered a 6-3, 6-3 win over Djokovic, his third in their last four meetings on the court.
“You always have doubts in your head, like maybe next year is going to be (like) last year in London, I’m going to go out there and be tight, again, I’m not going to show anything in the Masters finals. Well, not the case. Finished No. 1 in the group already, which is great,” Medvedev said.
Medvedev, who is ranked number four in the world, had lost all three of his group encounters at the ATP Finals on debut last year.
“He was just better, no question about it. Just not a great match from my side. I thought I could have and should have done better, but credit to him for playing on a high level,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic meanwhile, can still advance further in the tournament if he beats 2018 champion Alexander Zverev in a winner-takes-all match on Friday.
Zverev kept his campaign alive and kicking in the ATP Finals by battling past Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 just before the Medvedev vs Djokovic clash on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old world number seven knew his hopes of reaching the semi-finals would be as good as over if he suffered a second loss, having been beaten by Daniil Medvedev on Monday.
While there were still a few lapses, Zverev ultimately had too much firepower for the debutant from Argentina.