ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic confirms illness fears after Alexander Zverev win

John Isner Novak Djokovic is the best returner I have ever faced

He now has one win, and one loss, and still has some chances of advancing to the next round.

Croatian Marin Cilic beat American John Isner, coming from a set down, and achieved his first victory at the ATP Finals in London.

All seven round-robin matches played so far this week have been won in straight sets, but for a while it appeared as though the crowd would be given full value for their ticket.

This was Djokovic's second win against Zverev, and he now has a positive record against this rival. But, yeah, somehow I managed to gather the strength when I needed it.

'It wasn't a great quality tennis match, to be honest, at least from the back of the court'.

And it proved to be not a very different match, although a slightly below par Djokovic, still apparently carrying the cold virus from Paris, had to dig deep in the latter stages of the first set as a calm and confident Zverev pressed him hard in long baseline rallies.


"The first set was extremely tough and John played a great tie-break", Cilic said.

Zverev was never the same after that.

"I guess winning the first set really counts this year, " Djokovic said. His friend, Kyle Morgan, a former National Football League player who had worked the American player, died unexpectedly on Monday night, and Isner posted a moving tribute on Instagram that ended: "You were a friend, the best friend I could ever ask for". For Isner, there are no possibilities to get into top 4 players here, because of his two defeats. I think [we've] played against each other only twice.

The Serb, a five-time ATP Finals champion, won his maiden title at The O2 Arena in 2008 before he won four consecutive titles at the tournament from 2012-2015. Cilic lost the opening set, in which we haven't seen any break points.

Debutant Isner double-faulted to hand Cilic a decisive break in the eighth game of the second set and then did the same to gift Cilic a break at the start of the third.

The evening session, of course, features two more over-30s in Cilic and Isner, but now the criteria had shifted a little with Djokovic's one-sided scoreline.

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