Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson , as a repeat of the 2018 Wimbledon final takes place on Saturday night. Novak Djokovic is into his 8th ATP Finals semi-final, and he’ll be confident of winning a record-equalling 6th title on Sunday. Kevin Anderson, meanwhile, is into the semi-finals on his debut appearance at this tournament, with his fantastic season culminating with a fantastic run here in London. The South African finished 2nd in his group behind Roger Federer, while Djokovic came through top of his group, after three straight victories. These two contested this year’s Wimbledon final, and Djokovic will be looking for a repeat result in this match. Can Kevin Anderson stun Djokovic, or will the world number one edge closer to a 6th ATP Finals title?
Novak Djokovic is back into an ATP Finals semi-final, after missing out on this tournament twelve months ago with an injury. Djokovic had reached the final here in five successive years prior to last year, and so he’ll be extremely confident of doing so once again this week. The world number one went 3-0 throughout the group phase, and he still hasn’t dropped a set this week. This comes after three straight-set victories over John Isner, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic. The former five-time champion of this event has been in blistering form since the end of the clay court season, and he came into this tournament on the back of a hugely successful few months. Djokovic won back-to-back grand slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as back-to-back Masters titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai. The Serbian ace also took advantage of Rafael Nadal’s injury problems over the last few months of the season to clinch the Year-End number one ranking, ahead of the currently injured Nadal. It’s been quite a turnaround for Djokovic, after an extremely tough first half of the season, but can he now move into his 7th ATP Finals final on Saturday night?
Kevin Anderson’s season continues to go from strength-to-strength, and he now finds himself a win away from the ATP Finals final. The South African ace has been enjoying the best eighteen months of his career, and it could all culminate with him winning the biggest title of his career on Sunday. The two-time grand slam finalist went 2-1 through the group phase, after beginning with two straight-set wins over Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori. Anderson had the chance to top his group going into his final match, but Federer proved to be too good for him, and he ended up qualifying in 2nd place. Anderson has enjoyed a fantastic year on the tour, which has included a run to his second grand slam final at Wimbledon. The former US Open finalist also won two titles this year, at the New York Open, and most recently at the Vienna Open a few weeks ago. The South African ace also reached a career high five in the rankings during the summer, while he’s been the 4th seed this week. Can Anderson defeat an in-form Djokovic to reach his first ATP Finals final?
These two, who played doubles together earlier this year, have both featured in their fair share of semi-finals this season, and they both hold great records in them. While Kevin Anderson holds a 5-2 record in his semi-finals this season, Novak Djokovic holds an even better 6-1 record in them. They both also hold fantastic records in hardcourt semi-finals this season, with Djokovic having a perfect 4-0 record in them, and Anderson holding a 4-1 record in his. While Kevin Anderson is into the semi-finals here for the first time, Djokovic is into his 8th. The Serbian ace holds a magnificent 6-1 record in ATP Finals semi-finals, including winning his last five successive semi-finals here, between 2012 and 2016. Djokovic’s only previous semi-final defeat here came against Roger Federer in 2010. Who will continue to impress in semi-finals in 2018?
Novak Djokovic has dominated the previous meetings between these two, and he comes into this semi-final with a 7-1 record against Anderson. This includes winning their last seven ATP matches in a row, with Anderson’s only ATP victory over Djokovic happening way back in 2008. Since then, Djokovic has won their seven meetings, including three on a hardcourt, and both of their ATP meetings this season, including the Wimbledon final. However, Anderson did manage to beat Djokovic at the Laver Cup a couple of months ago, and while it’s not an official ATP event, it will have given the South African confidence. Will Djokovic continue his fantastic record over Anderson, or can Anderson get the job done to book his spot in the 2018 ATP Finals final?
2-0 Set Betting
I have to go with Novak Djokovic to win this match, he’s playing on another level right now and he’ll be far too good for the South African. I backed Djokovic to win the title at the start of the tournament, and what I’ve seen so far this week has only strengthened my belief that the world number one will win his 6th title here. The Serbian ace has won all three of his matches and he’s still yet to drop a set this week. The Wimbledon champion has also not lost a hardcourt semi-final all season, and he’s in blistering form right now. Djokovic also holds a clear mental edge over Anderson, having won their last seven meetings, and I think that’ll give Djokovic even more confidence heading into this match. While Anderson has played some great tennis this week, I think Djokovic will be far too good for him in a straight-sets victory.
The theme of Djokovic’s matches this week is that he has a close first set, before eventually wearing down his opponent to edge it, before cruising to the second set. I think we’ll see something similar in this match, where Kevin Anderson keeps with Djokovic early doors, but losing the first set will prove pivotal, as he goes onto to be comfortably beaten in the end. For this reason, I think the value in this match is with there being Under 21.5 Games. All three of Djokovic’s victories this week have featured fewer than 21.5 games, and I think he maintains that record here with another straight-sets victory.