Cilic win sees Djokovic book semifinal place in ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

Djokovic is chasing a sixth ATP Finals title and his first in the prestigious season-ending event at London's O2 Arena since 2015.

The 30-year-old had opportunities to extend his advantage further throughout the first set but was made to pay for his failure to take them in the 10th game.

In the evening session, Marin Cilic recovered from losing the first set to American John Isner to win in three sets, and in doing so secured Novak Djokovic's place in the last four.

Isner, at 33 the oldest first timer at the eight-man season-ender since Andres Gimeno made his debut aged 35 in 1972, was not overawed but never managed to lay a glove on Djokovic in the 73-minute contest.

Second seed Federer suffered a painful loss at the hands of Anderson in the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year after leading by two sets, his only defeat against him in five meetings before Thursday's clash.

Zverev has one of the most piercing serves in the circuit and has clocked speeds over 130 miles per hour even on second serves.

"It's hard to explain how much I loved you and how instrumental you were in making me who I am today". I was getting frustrated with myself about that.

From there Djokovic won the next three games, dropping only one point, as he wrapped up his second win of the week.

Le’Veon Bell: 5 Best landing spots in 2019
Bell, though, decided against it. and will now forfeit ALL of the $14.5 MILLION the Steelers were set to pay him this season. The Steelers can still place the franchise tag on Bell for a third time after the season, but that is reportedly unlikely.

The World No.1 and favourite for a sixth London title was a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 victor over 6ft 10in Isner at the O2 Arena, London.

Novak Djokovic fears staging a revamped Davis Cup finals and a revived ATP World Team Cup weeks apart could hurt the sport and result in creating two "average" events.

The result also secured Zverev a semi-final showdown with 20-time Grand Slam victor Federer.

Zverev said earlier this week he won't be representing Germany because it's too tough an ask so late in the year.

"It should be a very good match, I think one that the fans will certainly enjoy", Isner said.

His victory means the day's second singles between group victor Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic is academic - apart from ranking points and the $200,000 on offer for each round-robin win at the year-ending showpiece.

As in 2014, the first seven singles matches of the tournament have been completed in straight sets.

"I don't think it was breathtaking tennis to be honest from both of us but a win is win", said the 14-time grand slam champion in an on-court interview. 'That's where his work in the off-season will come in when he goes with (coach) Ivan Lendl.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump ordered to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access
Nov 17, 2018 - 00:43
The judge said the government could not say who initially chose to revoke Acosta's hard pass and how that decision was reached. Ted Boutrous, an attorney who represented CNN in the case, said, "This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amazon HQ2 could bring housing boom to Northern Virginia
Nov 15, 2018 - 02:36
The company had originally said it would spend more than $5bn and add up to 50,000 workers at one location. However, Amazon eventually chose to split the jobs and investment between two different locations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top California fires: strong winds fuel fire as death toll increases
Nov 15, 2018 - 01:56
The Associated Press reported Monday 29 people have been confirmed dead in that fire and almost 230 people were missing. He said officials were moving resources and preparing for "the next set of fires" as winds are expected to pick up.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Thousands flee as three California blazes leave trails of destruction
Nov 14, 2018 - 02:05
Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said a "very significant, unsafe weather pattern" would continue through the end of the weekend. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Thursday and has asked for federal funds to help those affected.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top President Trump’s tweet on California wildfires angers firefighters, celebrities
Nov 14, 2018 - 02:02
He later followed up by tweeting: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California ". Wildfires continued to rage on both ends of the state, with gusty winds expected overnight which will challenge firefighters.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Martha McSally concedes defeat to Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona Senate race
Nov 14, 2018 - 01:58
The final makeup of the Senate will be determined following a recount in Florida and a November 27 runoff election in Mississippi. Sinema criticized McSally's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kept her distance from national Democrats.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Miracle' Kept 50 IDF Soldiers From Being Killed by Hamas Missile
Nov 13, 2018 - 14:18
Security personnel check a damaged house in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, following a rocket attack from Gaza November 12, 2018. Hamas said six other Hamas fighters were killed and the Palestinian Health Ministry says seven additional people were injured.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top California Wildfires Continue to Rage As Death Tolls Climb
Nov 13, 2018 - 13:48
The probe targets PG&E in northern California and Southern California Edison Company, the Bay Area News Group reported . A structure and a motorcycle burn at an RV park during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California, November 10, 2018.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Walker Reacts To City Beating United By Posting Poem On Twitter
Nov 12, 2018 - 00:32
Despite their late shows, the Red Devils are seven points off the top four and now sit in eighth place in the Premier League . It was United's fourth defeat in 12 Premier League games, while they have won just half of their matches.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alexander Zverev looks to the future as ATP Finals begin
Nov 12, 2018 - 00:30
Thiem reached a career high ranking of world No.4 in November of 2017, and is now ranked just inside of the Top 10 at No.8. Not just because of the rankings, being No22, but also because of how I felt on the court and how I played.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Accosting Acosta: will president pay political price for banning CNN reporter?
Nov 11, 2018 - 07:44
Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked . You've got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'WELCOME TO HELL': 2 killed in SoCal fire that’s doubled in size
Nov 11, 2018 - 07:14
A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu . Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top At least 13, including gunman, killed in California bar shooting, scores injured
Nov 09, 2018 - 00:36
"Firefighters and first responders are arriving on scene of a report of a shooting at an establishment in @CityofTO". Authorities say multiple people were injured at a shooting at a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alvaro Morata: 'I'm in a better place'
Nov 08, 2018 - 00:28
Ahead through Alvaro Morata , visitors Crystal Palace pegged the Blues back thanks to Andros Townsend's 53rd minute equaliser. Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas was a late withdrawal because of illness, and has been replaced by N'Golo Kante.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dead Brothel Owner Wins Local Nevada Election Running as a Republican
Nov 08, 2018 - 00:28
The Love Ranch brothel that Hof owned became notorious as the place where former Laker Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015. When Hof died , it was already too late to remove his name from the ballot, and ballots had already been printed and mailed.