Novak Djokovic produced a masterful display to outclass South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 on Saturday to set up an ATP Finals title showdown with Alexander Zverev.
The world number one was immaculate from start to finish against the 32-year-old as he put himself within touching distance of a record-equalling sixth title at the year-ender.
He offered up a mere 14 unforced errors and not a single break point as he again proved too good for Anderson, who he beat to win Wimbledon this year.
“I think it was the best match I’ve played so far this week -- it came at the right time,” Djokovic, who has been almost unstoppable in the second half of the year, said.
“Kevin has been playing great tennis this week. He lost his serve in the first game which was big because he relies so much on his serve. I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible. It worked very well.
“I’m very happy to reach the final.”
Djokovic found his range immediately and the writing was on the wall for Anderson when he dropped serve in the opening game.
Anderson, the first South African to reach the semi-finals in the tournament’s 48-year history, simply had no answer to the relentless accuracy of Djokovic’s groundstrokes and had to save two break points in his next service game.
Djokovic thumps Anderson to set up final clash with Zverev