Shanghai 2018 SF: Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev

Nole or Sasha?


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mike danny

Bionic Poster
This is only their 2nd ever meeting. Zverev won their only match so far, so this will be a revenge match for Novak.

First meeting on HC as well.

Who will prevail? The great one or the arrogant one?
 
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Deleted member 77403

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Djokovic wants his heavyweight title back, and this week has the Shanghai revenge written all over it.

Standing in his way is Mr Let's Go!!! himself.
 

pikku05

Rookie
Zverev has the upper hand over Novak in their rivalry and Novak usually has a hard time against next gen players. With Zverev's serve and his rock solid ground game think he can easily beat Novak.
 

albertobra

Hall of Fame
Djoko in 2. Novak will make the giraffe run corner to corner, up and down. I see one drop shot every ten points in average.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Haven't seen much from Zverev this week but Djokovic definitely looks good.

A win tomorrow and his climb to 2nd place next week is guaranteed.
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
I hate two handed backhands but this should be an interesting matchup. I expect Djoko to really test out that shot, then move to the FH, then junk ball him and drop shot him until he malfunctions. When you're getting junk balled by Djoko, you know you're more than a little robotic. I hope Novak delivers at least one pastry.
 

Plamen1234

Hall of Fame
Djokovic wants his heavyweight title back, and this week has the Shanghai revenge written all over ittanding in his way is Mr Let's Go!!! himself.

Djokovic should win Shanghai without problem.His biggest threat there is Zverev.
 

pikku05

Rookie
Haven't all of your predictions about Djokovic gone horribly wrong since Wimbledon?
I said Novak will beat Mugginato and he did without any trouble. Zverev plays a lot like Novak except that he has got a better serve and Novak has trouble reading big servers when he is facing them for the first or second time. Did he even have a BP opportunity at Rome 2017 final?
 
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I said Novak will beat Mugginato and he did without any trouble. Zverev plays a lot like Novak except that he has got a better serve and Novak has trouble reading big servers when he is facing them for the first or second time. Did he even have a BP opportunity at Rome 2017 final?

If you want to compare Djokovic of now to the Djokovic of 2017 and first half of 2018, be my guest.

Not saying Zverev is not a threat, he certainly is, but this isn't Rome 2017 Djokovic, who was about two months away from ending his season with an elbow injury.
 

pikku05

Rookie
If you want to compare Djokovic of now to the Djokovic of 2017 and first half of 2018, be my guest.

Not saying Zverev is not a threat, he certainly is, but this isn't Rome 2017 Djokovic, who was about two months away from ending his season with an elbow injury.
He was in good form that time of the year after convincingly beating Thiem in the SF.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
Only way I see Djoko losing this is if he loses his temper and focus. He has shown some weakness in that department this week. Otherwise he shouldn't have issues in this match up.
 
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He was in good form that time of the year after convincingly beating Thiem in the SF.

If you think so.

Hopefully a good match. Djokovic wins it, he is number two, and then only a matter of time before he takes number one from Nadal.
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
Djokovic looks awfully clinical in this tournament and just lethal. It would take an enormous effort from Zverev to stop him I think. The revenge tour continues I guess..
 
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Djokovic is hungry for his heavy weight and no1 crown back!

Big incentive to gain revenge On Zverev and also to go above Federer to no2 in rankings! Novak for the win in 2 sets!

If he wins Shanghai, then he will be virtually impossible to stop from claiming the year end number one. The remaining events will be slower in speed.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
I'm hoping the ball kid that Zverev scared will be working during this match so the kid can redeem himself. Or he can scare Zverev this time.

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Enceladus

Legend
Ultron has gone through a hard test today and has done it very well. Zverev can not count that he will face on the weakened version of Djoker he defeated in the Rome Final 2017. Tomorrow he will face Ultron in full strength.
Sascha does not have such a strong service as Kevin and in rallies Djoker will create the lead, so I expect Ultron in two.
 

Enceladus

Legend
Ladies and gentlemens, this match will be 1000th played match by Novak Djokovic at the ATP Tour! After today, he has a W-L 826-173 balance sheet.
 
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Pheasant

Hall of Fame
I'm getting some popcorn ready for this match. Djoker vs Zverev might end up being the best match of the whole tourney. If Zverev gets hot with his 130-135 mph serves, then he could potentially pull off the upset. Of course, Djoker is a zone right now. So I'm picking Djoker to squeak this out in 3. The winner of this match will hoist the big trophy in the end.

Djoker is 25-1 since the beginning of Wimbledon. This guy is unreal. He seems unstoppable right now.

And I just realized that Djoker and Federer are tied for the most Shanghai Master's titles with 3. If they meet in the final, then the winner will become the Shanghai GOAT.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
I'm getting some popcorn ready for this match. Djoker vs Zverev might end up being the best match of the whole tourney. If Zverev gets hot with his 130-135 mph serves, then he could potentially pull off the upset. Of course, Djoker is a zone right now. So I'm picking Djoker to squeak this out in 3. The winner of this match will hoist the big trophy in the end.

Djoker is 25-1 since the beginning of Wimbledon. This guy is unreal. He seems unstoppable right now.

And I just realized that Djoker and Federer are tied for the most Shanghai Master's titles with 3. If they meet in the final, then the winner will become the Shanghai GOAT.
Technically Fed has 2 Shanghai titles and a Madrid title. But yes, at the first masters of the fall season, Fed and Djoker are tied in number of titles.
 
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I'm getting some popcorn ready for this match. Djoker vs Zverev might end up being the best match of the whole tourney. If Zverev gets hot with his 130-135 mph serves, then he could potentially pull off the upset. Of course, Djoker is a zone right now. So I'm picking Djoker to squeak this out in 3. The winner of this match will hoist the big trophy in the end.

Djoker is 25-1 since the beginning of Wimbledon. This guy is unreal. He seems unstoppable right now.

And I just realized that Djoker and Federer are tied for the most Shanghai Master's titles with 3. If they meet in the final, then the winner will become the Shanghai GOAT.

Federer v Djokovic is without a doubt the big money match, and the hottest ticket in Shanghai.
 
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