Novak Djokovic looks on at ATP Cup

‘It is better to play Novak Djokovic during the day’, claims Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev believes world number one Novak Djokovic is more beatable during the day than in the evening. 

The world number five will face the Serbian in the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if both players win two more matches.

Zverev defeated Daniel Galan Riveros 6-2, 6-2 in the second round, while Djokovic downed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3.

German teammates Zverev and Struff discussed the prospect of facing Djokovic ahead of the contest.

“I hope that I might play [Djokovic] in the evening,” world number 48 Struff told Bild.

Zverev replied “During the day is better! Take a look at his Australian Open Night record. That’s kind of 27-1 or 30-1. The only match he lost was against [Stan] Wawrinka [in the 2014 quarter-finals]. He would have won against aliens too.”

The German duo are competing together in the men’s doubles event – where they will next face the French pairing of Gael Monfils and Jeremy Chardy in the second round.

Zverev will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round of the men’s singles, while Djokovic will meet Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

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