Who will be the 2018 ATP Maestro? The eight-best players of the season played at the O2 Arena, in London and at the end of the week, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev have made it all the way to the final. It will be a generational comparison between the two.
Novak Djokovic wants not only the crown of the ATP World Tour Finals, but also the record: if he wins he could equal Roger Federer, who has won the most titles at the Finals, with six titles. Zverev, after a disappointing second-half of the season, gets to play the most important match of his young career.
Nole easily passed the round robin round, beating Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner. No problem even in the semi-final against Kevin Anderson, whom he defeated in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Zverev, defeated by the Serb, managed to qualify second in the group, after beating the American and Croatian.
Epic was his victory in the semi-finals against Federer, whom he beat in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6. Sunday's final will be an extremely interesting challenge, but the favorite for the final victory is Djokovic. The Serb seems to have no rivals, both from a physical point of view and from a mental point of view.
Against Djokovic, Zverev will need to play picture-perfect tennis and also hope that Djokovic is not at his best. In the head-to-head, Djokovic leads 2-1. The first challenge was played last season, and it was Zverev who won, in the Rome final (the only match so far played by the two in a tournament final).
This year, the Serb defeated the young rival first in Shanghai, then in the round robin match of the ATP Finals, winning in a clear and well deserved way. In his career, Djokovic has won 72 titles, including 14 Majors, five ATP Finals and 32 ATP Masters 1000.
This year, after a slow start to the season, he stormed to win the Championships, Cincinnati, US Open and Shanghai. Zverev has won nine titles in his career, including three ATP Masters 1000. This year the German won Munich, Madrid and Washington.
He struggled in the second part of the but on Sunday, he has the opportunity to adjust the last disappointing months and give further boost to his career. ATP FINALS - PERCENTAGES: Novak Djokovic 60% Alexander Zverev 40% ALSO READ: ATP Next Gen season: Tops and Flops