German tennis star Alexander Zverev was happy with the way he performed against world No. 9 Diego Schwartzman at the Nitto ATP Finals as the German beat the Argentine 6-3 4-6 6-3 to keep his semifinal bid alive. In his first Round Robin match at the Nitto ATP Finals, Zverev was beaten by world No.
4 Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. "I was much better than on Monday,” Zverev said after the match, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. “Diego is a very difficult player. He deserves to be here… There are no easy matches, but I am happy to get the win.
I am happy to give myself a chance to go to the semi-finals and I am excited for Friday”. Zverev is now 1-1 in his group and he will be aiming to beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in his final Round Robin match and try to secure a semifinal spot.
Zverev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, stunned 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in the final at the Nitto ATP Finals in 2018. "Friday is going to be the most difficult match you can have here against Novak,” Zverev said.
“We played twice here already, so I am looking forward to it”.
Zverev hopes for a good start against Djokovic
"I have never had a close encounter with him. I will have to start well, especially on this surface.
I will have to play my best tennis in order to beat him," Zverev added, per Nikolaus Fink. Zverev, who was up by two sets against Dominic Thiem in the US Open final, said of seeking revenge against the Austrian at the Nitto ATP Finals: "Revenge for which match? Last year's semifinal, the Australian Open or the US Open? The last time I beat him was 2 1/2 years ago.
Recently, he had my number. But our matches are always very close." The Australian Open and tournaments leading to the first Grand Slams are in jeopardy. "My first few matches of the season are always a bit scrappy.
So I would love to play one or maybe two tournaments before the Australian Open," Zverev said. Schwartzman recovered from a set down in the second set to force a third set but couldn't complete a comeback. "I‘m happy because I almost did a good comeback. The match was going his way quickly. Then, I found a way to fight back in the 2nd set," Schwartzman said.