This match had come at the right time for Sascha, having defeated Novak in the semis of the Olympic Games on a hard court. The German gave us a great match at Arthur Ashe but ultimately fell short. It is not often that you get the better of Novak in a long rally but at 3-3(30-30) Sascha showed he also has that staying power. The key was hitting the right areas in the rally which don’t allow Novak to do damage, that is that box after the service boxes. When Novak did take a chance with the drop shot , Zverev was ready. The only down side to Zverev’s performance was the fact that he didn’t challenge the Djokovic serve enough the way the Serb did his. Look at the second set and the all important fifth set. Zverev’s double fault count in those two sets as well as errors was way too much as way.
As far as rallies were concerned, Novak who has a great record in rallies , was always going to be better. Check out 3-3(40-15) third set. It seems the person who took the risky shot at the end paid the price just like the point I described in the first paragraph. Novak was patient waiting for Sascha to commit to the drop shot. Aces were a dime a dozen with 28 between the two with Sascha having hit 16 of them. Sascha has always had one of the best service motions on Tour taking advantage of his height in the process. Check out fifth set 1-0(40-30) Djokovic. Knees bent, arched back, good slower serve to get the rally going. That point is my point of the match. Sascha tried his best tennis to stay in the point but Novak’s fire power proved too much. If that slice backhand Novak had been a few inches lower, who knows. History beckons for Djokovic in Sunday’s final against Medvedev who dispatched first time Grand Slam semi finalist Felix Auger Aliassime in straight sets.