Alexander Zverev is an established top player, not NextGen, says Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic says Alexander Zverev must not be taken lightly when they meet in the ATP World Tour Final on Sunday.
The German beat Roger Federer in the semis with Djokovic blasting past Kevin Anderson, and the world number one is expecting a really tough match.
“Sascha, even though he’s a leader of new generation, still kind of considered a young player, he’s an established player.
“He’s shown some great skill on the court the last couple years.
“He’s shown why he deserves to be in the mix of the top players in the world.
“I’m expecting quite a different match-up for us tomorrow than what it was in the group stage.
Zverev’s semi-final win over Roger Federer was marred by controversy after the German asked for a crucial point to be replayed when a ball-boy dropped a ball.
It resulted in Zverev being widely booed by fans during his on-court interview.
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) November 17, 2018
“I saw that,” Djokovic added.
“Look, I felt bad for Sascha in a way because in the end you could see that he didn’t deserve to be booed.
“I don’t see what he did wrong. Things happen.
“It was obviously a really important point, an important moment, and Roger was in the point.
“I think he was putting Sascha on the back foot. You could see on the replay it actually happened. It disturbed him.
“I think on the moral side, you can’t really say anything negative about that move from Sascha because it did really happen.
“He’s not someone that cheats or something like that.
“He’s quite an honest guy, has really good relationship with all the players.
“He didn’t deserve to get booed. But I also understand from a crowd’s perspective that it all looked quite odd to happen at that point.”
More from Tennis365:
Nick Kyrgios joins Only Fans and promises to reveal ‘intimate side’ of his life
Kyrgios will not be displaying the most private parts of his relationship with his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi on his Only Fans page.
Rafael Nadal makes candid confession as he addresses whether 2024 will be his final season
Rafael Nadal has spoken openly about how much longer he is likely to keep playing.
How Novak Djokovic stepped to the next level by building his perfect tennis shoe
Djokovic saluted ASICS innovator Rene Zandbergen at a pre-Wimbledon event attended by Tennis365 last summer.
Jack Draper reveals Alzheimer’s disease has had a ‘cruel’ impact on one of his biggest tennis inspirations
Draper is working with Alzheimer’s Society in the UK and is hoping to raise awareness of what he describes as a ‘cruel’ condition.
Toni Nadal makes Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz admission as he assesses Rafael Nadal hopes
Toni Nadal has discussed his nephew’s chances of winning another French Open title.
Top coach explains how Jannik Sinner could replicate Novak Djokovic in big 2024 claim
Jannik Sinner has been backed to have a huge 2024 season and mirror something Novak Djokovic achieved.
Carlos Alcaraz reveals player who remains his idol as he names Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer as inspirations
Carlos Alcaraz has cited both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as inspirations, but one legend is still his hero.
Novak Djokovic approach hailed in Serena Williams comparison by American great’s former coach
Novak Djokovic has been likened to his fellow tennis legend Serena Williams in his approach to the sport.
Emma Raducanu finally confirms when she will make her comeback in 2024
The 21-year-old has not played a match since in April, but she will be back in action next month.
Entry list confirmed for Rafael Nadal’s comeback tournament and he could face an old foe
Rafael Nadal will not be seeded for the event in Brisbane as his ranking has collapsed due to his inactivity over the last year.