Alexander Zverev defeated at the Cincinnati Masters, but Novak Djokovic marches on

Alexander Zverev dejected after Cincinnati Masters exit

Novak Djokovic continued to advance at the Cincinnati Masters, but Alexander Zverev is out of the competition.

Djokovic has lost in the final at Cincinnati five times before, three times against Roger Federer and twice against Andy Murray, and has never won the title. the only Masters event on the ATP Tour that he has not yet won.

However, he overcame a rocky start to down Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 before heavy rain halted afternoon matches at the Western & Southern Open.

“I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure,” Djokovic said of his record in the tournament.

“I really want to win this tournament. I definitely need to play better than I have in the first couple of matches.”

Alexander Zverev was on the wrong end of a shock, though, as he lost 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to Dutchman Robin Haase.

Once the rain had passed, the elder Zverev brother fared no better, being dumped out of the competition by defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 7-5.