He had to win and he did. As in the vast majority of cases, one might say. At the ATP Finals 2020 Novak Djokovic renounces special effects during the play-off with Alexander Zverev, who had won the most magnificent previous match on the blue of the O2 Arena, but at least avoids the hassle of the third set.
With a 6-3 7-6 (4) that builds in just over ninety minutes, the number one of the big group reaches the semi-final table for the ninth time in his career and is projected on Roger Federer's record, now two wins away.
Waiting for him will be Dominic Thiem, who has probably obtained the status of favorite after the group thanks to the blow against Rafa Nadal. In the other mathc, Daniil Medvedev defeated the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in two sets 6-3 6-3.
Below the highlights.