No. 1 in the world defeated Cameron Norrie to end the group stage with a perfect 3-0 record, but expect a tough test against Zverev as he aims to win the trophy at the Pala Alpitour this weekend to draw with Roger Federer on the crown of the six season finale.
“There’s always momentum for history, but I’m just focused on tomorrow’s match,” said Djokovic. “It will be a big challenge. Sascha is one of the best servers in the game. He played really good tennis and had one of the best seasons of his career. [He has] just played at a very high level throughout the past year.
“In the home, [he is] definitely the top two or three players we have. With a big serve, he’s equally good offensively and defensively. It will be a battle, but I’m ready for it. We all want to end the year in the best way possible.”
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Djokovic, who last hosted The Brad Drewett The Cup in 2015, has racked up 51 tour-level wins this season, after having won it 27-1 in the grand slam championship game. The 34-year-old tennis player drew level with Federer and Rafael Nadal over 20 majors earlier this year and won his 37th ATP Masters 1000 championship in Paris.
It led to the former world No. 1 Pete Sampras called Djokovic the greatest tennis player to ever storm the court.
Reflecting on Sampras’ praise, Djokovic said: “This means the world to me, especially when it comes from someone who is a role model. He was the one when he played his first time Wimbledon Finally, that’s my first image of tennis. He made me dream to be a champion like him and hold Wimbledon Champion and become number 1 in the world.
“He’s one of the all-time great players in our sport and something like that comes out of his mouth makes me extremely pleased to hear.”
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