Prior to the 2021 season, Alexander Zverev had not beaten Novak Djokovic since 2018, when the German triumphed over the world No. 1 in the championship match at the Nitto ATP Finals. That changed this year, however, with Zverev scoring significant victories over Djokovic, causing problems for the Serb with his great serve and heavy blows, considering they faced each other in the later stages of the circuit's biggest hard court events.
ATP Cup, Round Robin, Djokovic d. Zverev 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5 The season started off with a bang for Djokovic and Zverev when they met on the free-for-all stage of the ATP Cup in their first event of the year. Serbia trailed Germany 0-1 in the tie after Jan-Lennard Struff beat Dusan Lajovic.
In an entertaining match, Djokovic tied the series. In a close first set, neither faced a break point, and Zverev secured it in the tie-break. However, Djokovic took hold in the match as he adjusted his return position by stepping back when he broke twice in the second set to level.
Then the 34-year-old closed out the match and earned his 11th consecutive ATP Cup victory after breaking in the 11th game of the third set when Zverev committed two double faults. "It was a great game," said Djokovic.
“I think Sascha was serving very well, both in singles and doubles today. I returned well when I needed it and closed the game. “He was serving tremendously well, I did great second serves. It's never easy to play against Sascha when he's fit, and he's in great shape right now.
We pushed each other to the limit, and I'm glad I had such a battle with him."
Rick Macci reflects on Djokovic
The ageless debate in men’s tennis about the Greatest of All Time rages on. Everyone has their own favorite between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic and will defend their choice to the death.
However, in a recent interview with Venus and Serena Williams’ former coach, Rick Macci, we got some expert opinion on the topic. Rick said, “Everybody loves Federer because of the way he plays, so graceful and artistic and stuff like that.
We judge it on how many Slams that you win you can’t argue with Djokovic. Because of the way his consistency and staying up there have very few speed bumps”. The coach elaborated that the picture would be clearer in a few years as the jury is still out with all three players still active.
Furthermore, Macci continued, “It looks like Novak right now but Federer is maybe the best player in my opinion but Novak might go down as the greatest, but don’t count out Rafa either”.