Novak Djokovic praises Alexander Zverev's performance after tight ATP Cup clash

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Novak Djokovic praises Alexander Zverev's performance after tight ATP Cup clash

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic defeated Alexander Zverev at the ATP Cup but gave the German credit for competing extremely well against him, Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat world No.

7 Zverev 6-7 (3) 6-2 7-5. “I thought we both played well,” Djokovic said on court, as quoted on the ATP website.. “He definitely had a big serving match. It was so difficult to play against him today. Missiles from the other side of the court, both first and second serve.

He was going for it, not too many double faults. You’ve got to give him credit for being courageous and trying his best... Overall it was a very enjoyable match”.

Djokovic made some adjustments

As no breaks were seen in the first set -- the set went into a tie-break -- which Zverev dominated to win the opener.

The two players were tied at two games apiece in the second set, before Djokovic claimed back-to-back breaks to win the set and force a decier. In the third set, Djokovic failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game but made no mistake on his serve after breaking the German in the 11th game.

“Staying on the line with 220, 217 [kph] second serves, it’s a huge risk,” Djokovic said of his second-set adjustments. “I tried to read his serve. [In the] second set I started to read his patterns a little bit better.

“The third set was a gamble, really. It was anybody’s game. He double faulted on a break point, it was a crucial game. I was 15/30 down, I went for it also, a big second serve. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t”.

Unfortunatelx for Djokovic and the Serbian team, they failed to make the ATP Cup semifinal and defend their title. In the deciding rubber, Djokovic and Nikola Cacic lost to Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff.