Nov, 19th 2020 – An error-prone Novak Djokovic was beaten for only the fourth time this year as Daniil Medvedev reached the semi-finals at the ATP Finals. The Serb hit 24 unforced errors and five double faults in a 6-3 6-3 loss to fourth seed Medvedev in London.
World number one Djokovic, 33, can still qualify for the last four if he wins his final round-robin match against Alexander Zverev on Friday. Zverev earlier boosted his own hopes with victory over Diego Schwartzman.
The German fifth seed overcame a poor second set to claim a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win against the Argentine, who is now unable to reach the knockout stage after Medvedev’s win at the O2 Arena.
Djokovic came into the game after losing three times this year, that is, when he was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, when he was upset by Lorenzo Sonego in the quarter-finals in Vienna and when he was defaulted at the US Open.
A double fault handed the 24-year-old Russian the set as part of a run of seven games in a row that he strung together to lead 3-0 in the second. Djokovic got himself on the scoreboard but it was too late as Medvedev continued to predominate the baseline rallies and went 5-2 up.
Djokovic said, “I cannot allow these things (losing seven games in a row) to happen when I’m playing the top players in the world. He was just better, no question about it. We started well. Up to 3-3 [in the first set] it was quite an even match but after that break he was cruising. I struggled to find the right level.“
Medvedev, who advances as group winner, said in an on-court interview, “I’m sure he didn’t play his best but it happens to everybody. I’m feeling confident. I knew I had to take my chances and it was a great match for me.“
However, Djokovic still has a good chance of advancing as he must work hard against Zverev.