World Tennis League: Alexander Zverev Beats Novak Djokovic

Alexander Zverev defeats Novak Djokovic

After missing six months due to injury, Alexander Zverev returned to action at the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia. old world no. 2 in the world faced Dominic Thiem in the opening match and beat his great friend in two tiebreakers.

The German set the quarterfinal clash against Daniil Medvedev and suffered a 6-0, 6-4 defeat ten days ago. Zverev returns to action at the World Tennis League in Dubai, facing 21-time Major champion Novak Djokovic. It was the third meeting between the Hawks and the Falcons, with Zverev securing an overall victory for the Hawks.

The Falcons took the lead as Grigor Dimitrov and Paula Badosa defeated Dominic Thiem and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-3, 10-4. Elena Rybakina scored the Hawks’ first win after a tight 0-6, 6-1, 10-6 win over Aryna Sabalenka.

Alexander Zverev defeated Novak Djokovic in the World Tennis League.

In the day’s match, Zverev defeated Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in less than 70 minutes to lead his team to the top. The German hit four aces and eight double faults, dominating with his first serve and facing two break points.

The Serb struggled on the second serve and experienced four breaks to propel the opponent over the top. Novak got off to a better start and fired a backhand down the line winner in the first game of the encounter for a break and an early lead.

Djokovic landed a forehand winner in the second game to confirm the lead and move 2-0 in front. Zverev put his name on the board with a serve winner in the third game and created three break chances in the next with a forehand down the line winner.

Djokovic missed a backhand in the third to lose serve and bring Zverev back to 2-2. Alexander secured the fifth game to love with a great winner, and Novak fired a service winner a few minutes later to make it 3-3. The German broke in the eighth game and remained enamored with a service winner in the next to secure the opening set 6-3.

Novak didn’t play well in those moments, spraying a backhand error early in the second set to drop a set and a break. Djokovic recovered the break in the second game after Zverev’s volley error to return to the bright side.

The German broke back at 2-2 with a winning return and held on for 0-30 in the next to carve out a 4-2 lead. Both players served well in the remaining five games, and Alexander went on top with a hold in the tenth game after Novak’s forehand error.

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