Alexander Zverev vs Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic will play Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the 2018 ATP Shanghai Masters.
Alexander Zverev is currently world number 5 and he has lived up to his ranking this tournament as he has won all his matches in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, Zverev defeated Kyle Edmunds in straight sets. It was a dominant victory by the German as Zverev won all of his service games while breaking Edmunds serve twice. Alexander Zverev has served exceptionally well all tournament as he has only lost one service game in his three matches. This is clash is expected to be Zverev’s first major challenge and the German will need to perform at his best as he is playing one of the greatest players of all-time.
On the other side of the coin, Novak Djokovic had a big win in the quarterfinals as he comfortably beat Kevin Anderson. Djokovic has been in amazing form over the past few months and that form has continued in this tournament. Like Zverev, Djokovic has not lost a single match in this tournament meaning he is playing very good tennis. Novak Djokovic has won 3 out of the last 4 tournaments including two grand slam titles. With such good form heading into this tournament, Djokovic will be further boosted by his history at the Shanghai Masters as he has won this tournament 3 times. With all these accolades, Djokovic will be very hard to beat.
Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev have played once in the past with Zverev winning that match.
This should be a very close match as Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic are both ranked in the top 5 in the world. Both players are in very good form heading into this match but I am picking Djokovic to win this match. Djokovic has been in better form and has a great record at Shanghai. With the conditions familiar for the Serbian, I am picking Novak Djokovic to win this match.