TURIN, Italy (AP) — For the second time this year, Alexander Zverev has denied Novak Djokovic the chance to play for a big trophy.
Following up his win over the top-ranked player in the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev beat Djokovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 at the same stage of the ATP Finals on Saturday.
"Every time we play against each other, it's very high level," Zverev said. "This year we played each other five times. ... Every time we played for multiple hours and it was very physical."
The result means Djokovic can't match Roger Federer's record of six titles at the season-ending event for the top eight players. At least not this year.
Instead, Zverev will play second-ranked Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's final.