Djokovic outclasses Zverev and secures semi-final place — ATP Finals

Anderson & Nishikori are in Group Hewitt Cilic & Isner in Group Kuerten

"It should be a very good match, I think one that the fans will certainly enjoy", Isner said.

"The match was great, obviously", said the 31-year-old.

With Cristiano Ronaldo watching on, the top seed broke Isner in the fifth game of the first set to establish a stranglehold and never looked like allowing the American eighth seed back into the contest, breaking twice more in the second set to win in 73 minutes.

Alexander Zverev became the first German man in 15 years to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Finals after beating John Isner to book his spot in the final four.

This is also evidenced by Djokovic's 16-2 head to head lead over the Croat - although it's 2-2 in the last three years - but across all of these match-ups, Cilic has struggled big-time on serve, holding below the 70% mark, and only winning around 58% of service points.

The top-ranked Djokovic and third-seeded Zverev engaged in a number of thrilling exchanges early on, but it wasn't until the ninth game that Zverev earned the first break point of the match, aided by a friendly net cord.

"I think he can still play better than he did today and that is really scary for everybody else who is involved in this event.' Zverev faded away considerably in the second set against Djokovic".

It was a crucial escape for the 14-time Grand Slam champion, who stepped up the pressure on Zverev to steal a hard-fought first set.

Having missed his chance, Zverev in the next game on a set-bol made a double fault, and in the second set and only won one game in two breaks of Djokovic. Zverev will need to take his break point chances, while Isner's best chance of set wins will probably be via tiebreaks.

It seemed to knock the stuffing out of Zverev, who was broken in the fourth game of the second set, and again to love in the sixth. 'The very best can play that sort of style for four hours. 'I would say about nine, nine-and-a-half (out of 10).

For all his success in the last 18 months-two Major finals, three Masters semis, five more Masters quarters, a career-high No3-Cilic's record at the O2 was a disappointing one. The German eventually forced the first break points of the match with the score level at 4-4 but Djokovic held after a backhand lob from Zverev drifted inches wide. Anderson was left stranded as he tried to change his body shape but get couldn't get time to react as the ball just went past him in the subtlest of fashion.

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