Zverev ready for Djokovic test

12 October 2018 23:45:31 GMTPlus11

Alexander Zverev is looking forward to the task of trying to end the 16-match winning run of Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

Zverev progressed to the last four in Shanghai with a 6-4 6-4 win over Kyle Edmund, with the victory ensuring that he qualifies for the end-of-season ATP Tour Finals and also moved him on to 49 match wins for the years - the highest on the tour circuit.

Novak winning the last two Grand Slams, he's probably, on paper, the best player right now in the world.

Alexander Zverev

And, while being proud of moving past the 48-win mark of Dominic Thiem, Zverev was only too aware of the size of the test he will face in trying to halt the Djokovic juggernaut.

He told the official ATP Tour website: "It's a great honour, because we have so many great players playing throughout the whole year and obviously me winning the most matches means a lot to me.

"Obviously I don't want to stop here. There is still a lot more tennis going on until the end of the year.

"Novak winning the last two Grand Slams, he's probably, on paper, the best player right now in the world. It's going to be a very interesting match."

Quite surprisingly, Zverev and Djokovic have only met on one previous occasion, with the German claiming a 6-4 6-3 win in the final of the Rome Masters in 2017.

Zverev can be backed at 12/5 to defeat Djokovic for a second time and is 6/1 to do so in three sets, with Djokovic 5/6 to claim a victory in two straight sets.

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