Novak Djokovic made it three wins from three at this year’s ATP Finals following his 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 victory over Marin Cilic on Friday. The Serbian star came into this week’s tournament in London as the man to beat following an impressive second-half of 2018 that has seen him win Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as move back to the top of the world rankings.
Djokovic has certainly lived up to those expectations during the group stage, as he followed up comprehensive victories over Alexander Zverev and John Isner with another straight-sets win over Cilic.
The 31-year-old’s victory was made all the more impressive, as he went into the match already guaranteed top spot in the group and he admits that made his approach to the contest difficult. “Obviously I knew before the match that I had already qualified, and I knew who I’m playing, so it wasn’t easy to approach this match with 100% willingness to win it,” Djokovic was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“But this is a unique format and both of us wanted to win from the first point. It was a close first set which probably decided the match.”
Djokovic’s reward for topping Group Guga Kuerten is a semi-final clash with South African Kevin Anderson, the man he beat in this year’s Wimbledon final, on Saturday.
The day’s other semi-final will see Roger Federer, who is a six-time winner of the end of season event take on Zverev.