Djokovic defeated Anderson and reached the final of the tournament

Djokovic defeated Anderson and reached the final of the tournament

Zverev said. "I mean, I've won one of these".

By winning 6-4 6-3 in just 79 minutes he became only the fourth player to beat Federer and Djokovic back to back in the semi-finals of a tournament (the others being Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and David Nalbandian).

"I want to apologize for the situation in the tiebreak", said Zverev, who was booed by some of the crowd during his on-court interview.

"Definitely the plan is to come up with a good schedule that suits my family, suits Mirka, me".

Groundstroke mistakes from Anderson handed Djokovic the break and the 14-time grand slam victor was far less generous in his own service game as he quickly opened up a 2-0 lead. After his defeat to Dominic Thiem in the last eight at Roland Garros, he told Pinfield: "I think you're the only person who can make me smile right now". "I appreciate you letting me win one".

But at 4-4 he wavered as he yanked an edgy forehand halfway up the net to give Zverev the chance to serve for the set.

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Djokovic, who beat Kevin Anderson to reach the final, joined Federer in defending Zverev.

"I'm not questioning Sascha's (Zverev's) sportsmanship in any way", he added.

The crowd still expected a Djokovic fight back but it never materialized and at 3-5 the 31-year-old crumbled, serving a double-fault to help Zverev earn two match points.

Djokovic's serve hadn't been broken all tournament until the final on Sunday.

Anderson's best hope of victory was to dominate the Serbian star with his serve, but Djokovic struck a crucial early blow to the South African's confidence by breaking his serve in the very first game of the match. Really, as I said before many times, I kind of also expect myself to do very well.

Zverev's dog Lovik has featured on his Instagram page on several occasions and has been known to travel to events with the tall right-hander - the pet was even granted an accreditation pass to the 2015 US Open as the player's "guest".

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Djokovic has been in fine form since the start of Wimbledon and his 6-2 6-2 victory in London takes him to 35 wins in his past 37 matches - a run that has brought two grand slam titles and a return to the top of the rankings.

"I'm a little bit upset about the whole situation because this is not how I wanted it to end".

Djokovic with the first attempt took a cross from Anderson.

"Yes. he's beaten Djokovic and Federer before, but to beat them back-to-back in one of the biggest tournaments in the world tells him, most importantly, but also the world, that he is going to be the next big thing".

Top-ranked Djokovic was attempting to tie Roger Federer's record of six titles but followed the same path as the Swiss great, who lost to Zverev in the semifinals at the O2 Arena.

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