Serbian Novak Djokovic, seeded number one, fell to Russian Daniel Medvedev 3-6 3-6 on Wednesday in the second round of the “Tokyo 1970” group of the final Master’s tournament.
The Russian is guaranteed to reach the tournament’s semi-finals, which annually brings together the best eight players during the season, after beating out in two groups without a response 6-3 and 6-3.
The cards were mixed for the second card after the victory of German Alexander Zverev, seeded seventh, over Argentine Diego Schwarzmann, eighth, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
The competition for the second seat in the golden square between Djokovic and Zverev was limited, and the match between them will be decided on Friday by the name of the finalist.
Djokovic had easily won his first match against Schwarzmann 6-3, 6-2, while Medvedev defeated Zverev 6-3 6-4.
Brutal. Brilliant. Breathtaking.
Sum up @DaniilMedwed‘s performance in one word! ⬇️
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 18, 2020
Medvedev said after the match, “I still love to play Novak, one of the greatest heroes of our sport. When I was a kid, I saw him win his first major titles, and a childhood dream come true against him.”
He added, “I am thrilled to beat him; I played well. I think it was not the best match for him (Djokovic) today (…) but beating him even on a bad day is always difficult.”
Djokovic seeks to equal the number of Swiss Roger Federer (six titles) in terms of the number of titles in the final tournament and lift her cup for the first time since 2015. He is currently in second place with each of the Americans Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl (5 each). Behind them, Romanian Elie Nastasi with four Titles, knowing that it is the thirteenth participation of the Serbian in his career.