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Alexander Zverev sends strong ATP Finals statement with impressive Marin Cilic victory

Alexander Zverev sends strong ATP Finals statement with impressive Marin Cilic victory

World number one Novak Djokovic trounced John Isner of America in straight sets in the opening match of the ongoing prestigious Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Finals here on Monday.

If the World No. 1 beats Zverev and Isner dismiss Marin Cilic, Djokovic will guarantee his spot in the last four.

In the second set a single break of serve in the eighth game proved decisive as Zverev served out the match.

"It's tough to play against him", said the 21-year-old of Cilic after the match.

After coming back from a break behind in both sets in Monday's Guga Kuerten group match, Zverev's chances of bettering his group stage exit previous year are good.

Radwanska won 20 WTA titles in her career.

"It should be a great match".

Djokovic showed just why he has been installed as favourite for the tournament in London as he produced a masterclass to clinch victory over Isner with Ronaldo courtside.

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He double-faulted to concede the set and despite hanging on to level at 1-1 in the second, his resistance crumbled quickly as Djokovic reeled off the last five games.

"I missed this tournament previous year because of injury".

What had promised to be a real battle petered out into a another one-sided affair and the seventh consecutive group match this year not to go the distance.

At the time of writing, all remaining players can still qualify - even John Isner, who will be looking to beat Alexander Zverev and register his first tournament victory this afternoon.

The second set also went to a tie-break after Cilic again kept his cool in the longest rally of the match, but he had no answer to Zverev, who again upped his game in the play-off to win the match in 2 hours and 6 minutes.

Cilic kept his hopes of a semifinal berth alive as he came through this year's first three-setter - improving his record at the tournament to a still dismal 2-9. After his serve was straight down the T that Federer returned comfortably, he put in another one straight at Federer's body that the Swiss sliced with his forehand drawing Anderson forward.

Usually so strong, Cilic's serve was letting him down but he clung on in the early part of the second set before taking advantage of a poor game from the third-seeded German in game seven to seize control of the set.