Kevin Anderson was outplayed by Novak Djokovic losing 6-2,6-2, allowing Djokovic to reach the ATP finals with Alexander Zverev. It must have felt like deja-vu for Anderson who became the first South African to reach the semi-finals in the tournament’s 48 history losing to Djokovic, whom he lost to earlier this year at the Wimbledon finals. Djokovic proved without sheer doubt why he is the World’s No.1 player, putting up an immaculate display to disqualify the South African. The Serb put immense pressure on Anderson from the start of the game forcing him to lose the first-set in 39 minutes. There was no difference to the start of the second-set and it was imminent that the South African was struggling to keep up with Djokovic’s ground-stroke accuracy.
As an insult to injury, Anderson’s delivery was double faulted falling 0-40 in his opening serve game and later cautioned for audible obscenity after losing his cool. Looking from the stands, it was tough to blame him as Djokovic continued to apply the pressure. The blistering forehand serve Anderson displayed when he beat Dominic Thiem earlier in the week seemed to have disappeared. Djokovic had a rasping crosscourt forehand which gave him another advantage as he romped into a 5-1 lead.
Djokovic who is yet to drop a serve in the tournament sealed the 6-2,6-2 victory as he advanced to the finals for the 7th time. The Serb had commented on Anderson’s game after the victory saying “Kevin has been playing great tennis this week.” Alluding to the two matches Anderson won, convincingly beating both Thiem and Kei Nishikori he continued, “He lost his serve in the first game which was big because he relies so much on his serve. I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible. It worked very well. I’m very happy to reach the final.”
The final between Novak Djokovic and 21 year-old Zverev will take place late Sunday afternoon. The results of the match were not available going to print. Should Novak Djokovic win he will become the oldest player to claim the title at age 31.