Djokovic Relishing Semi-final Against 'top Player' Zverev
Zeeshan Mehtab 3 months ago Fri 12th October 2018 | 05:13 PM
Novak Djokovic said that he was relishing facing "top player" Alexander Zverev in Saturday's semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters, just the second meeting between them
Shanghai, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 12th Oct, 2018 ) :Novak Djokovic said that he was relishing facing "top player" Alexander Zverev in Saturday's semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters, just the second meeting between them.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion beat Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 on Friday to set up the tasty last-four clash.
Djokovic saved set point in the opener before taking control of the tie break and the second set to dump out the South African seventh seed in efficient fashion.
Djokovic said they were "both different players" now.
"I wasn't -- I feel like -- playing as well as I'm playing today," he warned.
"But also he has improved a lot and he has established himself as a top player.
Zverev, now under the tutelage of Ivan Lendl, said he is pleased with his overall progress, even if a maiden Grand Slam remains elusive.
"I think every year you feel more mature. Ever year you spend on tour, you feel kind of different," he said.
"Last year was the first time I kind of broke through to the top 10 and was a top-five player.
"It's always easier to kind of get there -- but then staying there is always the tougher part."