Agent and eldest brother of the current world number 3 Alexander Zverev, Mischa Zverev recently talked about the dominance and power of the world No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. The last time Mischa played in the main draw of an ATP tournament was in round 1 of the Miami Masters 2021 after winning the qualifiers.
Mischa is currently cheering for her younger brother Sascha, who will face Novak in the semi-finals of ATP Finals 2021 what will their 5th meeting of the year look like with Novak winning 3 and Sascha winning 1 of the previous 4 meetings. The match will repeat the final of ATP Finals 2018 when Zverev shocked Djokovic by winning the year-end championship by margin.
With another key card meeting, Mischa talked about what it takes to beat Djokovic and how Novak makes it difficult for even the best players. While Mischa has never beaten Djokovic in any of their meetings, he has some advice for his younger brother, who will face Novak in the semifinals for the 3rd time.
“To beat Djokovic, you have to play perfectly, but it can also make Djokovic feel uncomfortable on the court. Because Novak often finds ways to destroy opponents, a good example is Roger Federer. In a way, you have to play like Novak, piss him off in tennis, and break his rhythm. You always have to do something he doesn’t expect,” Mischa said.
Novak Djokovic leads Mischa Zverev 2-0 in H2H, Federer leads Mischa 6-0
The two 34-year-olds have only met on tour twice and Novak has won both of their matches. They first met in the quarterfinals of the Open 13 in Marseille in 2009 and then in the quarterfinals of 2016 Shanghai Masters with Novak winning in straight sets at Marseille and in 3 sets in their Shanghai encounter.
While Mishca takes Federer as an example, he may need reminding that Federer has outplayed Mischa in all 6 of their meetings including beating 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of 2013 Open Halle Award.
Alexander will face Djokovic in the second semi-final of ATP Finals 2021 win a place in the final against the defending champion Daniil Medvedev who defeated? Casper Ruud in straight sets in the first semi-final.
https://firstsportz.com/tennis-novak-djokovic-usually-always-finds-a-way-to-destroy-his-opponent-a-good-example-is-roger-federer-says-mischa-zverev/ Mischa Zverev said: “Novak Djokovic always finds a way to destroy opponents, the prime example is Roger Federer