Djokovic (6)6-7 6-2 0-3 Zverev* Victoria is out of lockdown tonight, so crowds can come back in tomorrow; I guess that’s good news, sort of, and there’s certainly good news for Zverev, who caps a love hold with an ace down the middle. This was not a momentum shift I foresaw.
*Djokovic (6)6-7 6-2 0-2 Zverev A long backhand from Djokovic offers Zverev an opening and two mass-murderous forehands, the second a wrong-footer, gives him 0-30. And have a look! At 15-30, a short ball sits up for punishment … and Djokovic whacks it long! An ace saves the first break point … but a double, his fourth of the match to Zverev’s none, hands the German the advantage! He did not have to work for that.
Djokovic (6)6-7 6-2 0-1 Zverev* Zverev had to extend himself unduly in winning that first set, and in so doing allowed Djokovic to find his range – an error for which he was punished in the second. Ultimately, his only hoping of pulling this off is to serve like God and his level returns here – he holds to 15, offering not a sniff.
*Djokovic (6)6-7 6-2 Zverev Have a look! Djokovic plays a single-handed backhand and Zverev murders one of his own down the line for 0-30! But Djokovic isn’t fazed, his forehand dominating the next point, and when Zverev makes a backhand error, all Djokovic needs for the set is two aces, so that’s all he does. The cosmos is righting itself.