2018 ATP Finals RR: (1.) Novak Djokovic vs. (5.) Marin Cilic

Who will win this match?


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Enceladus

Legend
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ATP H2H: 16-2 for Djoker
H2H at hard surface: 12-1 for Djoker
Indoor H2H: 2-1 for Djoker

Only mutual match at WTF wins Djoker 6:1, 6:1 in 2014 year. Djoker is big favorite this match.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
The streak must go on

Djoko in 2 sets.

Cilic will swing free and might make the first set competitive.

If Cilic loses today it's better for his match vs Djoko
 

Amalhotra

Rookie
Is there an option for Djoko to defy physics and somehow beat Cilic in less than two sets because I can see that happening
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
If Cilic plays, he will get creamed. His record at this event is terrible. That's enough for me to say Djokovic in 2.
 

Pheasant

Legend
Djoker is virtually guaranteed a spot in the semis. Djoker can ease up and still be in the semis. I.e, he doesn't have much to play for.

On the flip side, beating Cilic puts a lot of extra cash in Djoker's pocket.

I am taking Djoker in 3 sets. Cilic will steal a set early, which will tick Djoker off. And when Djoker is ticked, it is lights out.
 

jm1980

Talk Tennis Guru
Djoker is virtually guaranteed a spot in the semis. Djoker can ease up and still be in the semis. I.e, he doesn't have much to play for.

On the flip side, beating Cilic puts a lot of extra cash in Djoker's pocket.

I am taking Djoker in 3 sets. Cilic will steal a set early, which will tick Djoker off. And when Djoker is ticked, it is lights out.
He's now 100% guaranteed a spot in the semis

I expect this to be the first match, since a Zverev win over Isner will automatically eliminate Cilic from contention
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
Would be happy for Cilic to win after their tight match in Paris, although I can't say I care too much as I'm not the biggest fan of Cilic.

Doesn't matter anyway. I can't see Novak losing to Cilic here, doesn't matter that he has already qualified for the semis.
 
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Deleted member 716271

Guest
Yeah I think 2 but might be 3 since match is a dead rubber basically for Novak
 

Enceladus

Legend
Link to article: https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/n...er-nitto-atp-finals-2018-friday-preview-nitto

DAY 6 PREVIEW: NOVAK SEEKS 3-0 GROUP PLAY RECORD

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Novak Djokovic, who has won his first two matches in Group Guga Kuerten at the Nitto ATP Finals, has already guaranteed his spot in the semi-finals at the season finale in London. But there is one more spot up for grabs in the group, with three hungry players eager to move into the last four.

Alexander Zverev and John Isner will meet during Friday’s day session in a rematch of the Miami Open presented by Itau final, won by Isner.

“Everyone knows how good he is. We've played quite a few times, as well. It will be a very tough match. There are definitely some things I need to improve. I'll try to do that and implement them on Friday,” Isner said. “He does so much well. He serves very well, his groundstrokes are incredible. He's a very tough out... This isn't your everyday tournament. It will be very tough. But I'm going to come out fired up.”

All five of the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings have come at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, with Zverev leading their series 4-1. But perhaps the most important match of the bunch was in Miami, where Isner became the oldest first-time winner at a Masters 1000 event. And this time around, if Isner wins in straight sets and Djokovic beats Marin Cilic, the Nitto ATP Finals debutant will go through to the semi-finals at The O2.


“It's very weird, to think I've lost twice but still have a shot. I guess that's the advantage of having a guy like Novak in your group,” Isner said. “We'll see if I can do it. It's going to be very tough, no doubt.”

Zverev lost to Djokovic in straight sets on Wednesday, at points getting frustrated by errors he was making. But the German knows that he must refocus in order to push for his second victory of the week. If the 21-year-old triumphs, he will move on.

“I don't want to think about it too much because in two days' time I will give myself the best chance I can to be in the semi-finals. That's where I think I'll take it as a normal quarter-final match at a normal tournament,” Zverev said. “To be in the semi-finals here would mean a lot to me. For that, I have to play good tennis.”

In the evening session, Djokovic will look to finish round-robin play at the Nitto ATP Finals undefeated for the fifth time when he clashes against Cilic. The Croatian needs to beat the World No. 1 and for Isner to defeat Zverev if he wants to advance in London for the first time in his fourth appearance.


While Cilic knows he faces a tough task — Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 16-2 — the 30-year-old has tested the Serbian in all three of their meetings this year. Just two weeks ago, Cilic pushed the eventual runner-up to three sets in the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals. And in their first meeting of 2018 at The Queen’s Club, Cilic saved match point against Djokovic in the final en route to lifting the ATP World Tour 500 trophy.

“It was a great match, tough one in Paris, similar conditions to here,” Cilic said. “I feel that Novak is playing really good tennis and I just have to keep playing well. Obviously to serve well is going to be critical and I hope I’m going to be ready and have another great match.”
 

acintya

Legend
so what is this match about? can somebody explain to me the scenarios? i dont have time to follow everything
 

Night Slasher

Semi-Pro
so what is this match about? can somebody explain to me the scenarios? i dont have time to follow everything
This match doesn't change anything, Nole is already #1 in is group and will play Anderson in the semifinal tomorrow. Zverev is #2 and will play Fed.
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
i like him when he is himself. but when he tries too hard to be funny - its kinda lame.

You do know that trying too hard to be funny is a part of his character as well.

He isn't Stone Cold Steve Austin...
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
Djokovic has that look about him, he knows he's gonna win and he's gonna be mildly annoyed at every ball he doesn't hit perfectly
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Djokovic has that look about him, he knows he's gonna win and he's gonna be mildly annoyed at every ball he doesn't hit perfectly
Love that perfectionist attitude but tit would be a bit over the top if he does it in a match that has no impact on his progress at the tournament. :D
 
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Deleted member 763024

Guest
Is this Djokovic in 2nd gear right now?

I’ll have a light workout before dinner mode.
 
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Deleted member 763024

Guest
When Novak goes long on a groundstroke it feels like how is that even possible? He’s just so solid 99% of the time off both wings.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Is this Djokovic in 2nd gear right now?
Pretty much. It might be just me doing my own little "handwringering", but I feel like he will have to play better than this against Anderson and potentially Federer.

Holding comfortably so far though.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
Pretty much. It might be just me doing my own little "handwringering", but I feel like he will have to play better than this against Anderson and potentially Federer.

Holding comfortably so far though.
Definitely handwringering. Anderson is easecake. Fed too probably
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
If you’re Nole and lose the first set, do you just tank? Is it worth it to fight for a match that makes no difference?
 
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