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Zverev Makes His Move In Bid For Nitto ATP Finals Spot | ATP Tour

No. 8, Alexander Zverev, +3
The 22-year-old German improved his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, where he won the 2018 title, by rising from 11th to eighth position in the 2019 ATP Race To London. He beat Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Sam Querrey, prior to losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the China Open semi-finals. Zverev is now 140 points behind seventh-placed Roberto Bautista Agut (2,395).

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No. 9, David Goffin, +3
The 28-year-old Belgian continued his fine form at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships by reaching the semi-finals (or better) for the third time. Goffin, who finished as runner-up to Grigor Dimitrov in the championship match at the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals, fell to Novak Djokovic in Tokyo. He rises three places to ninth, 20 points behind eighth-placed Zverev (2,255).

No. 17, Karen Khachanov, +4
The 23-year-old Russian moved up four spots to 17th place (1,605 points) by advancing to his second ATP Tour semi-final of the season (also Coupe Rogers in Montreal) at the China Open (l. to Thiem).

Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 16, John Isner, +1
No. 30, Denis Shapovalov, +3
No. 35, Reilly Opelka, +7

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Djokovic Denies Home Hope Soeda In Tokyo | ATP Tour

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic knew on Wednesday he would face an inspired Go Soeda, who was playing in front of his home crowd at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, and that’s exactly what the top seed got.

But Djokovic persevered, defeating Soeda, a wild card, 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 35 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals. It is the ninth time the Serbian has made at least the last eight from 12 tournaments this season.

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The Japanese player, who was 0-12 in Tokyo main draws before defeating German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round, showed plenty of resiliency. Djokovic broke for a 6-3, 5-3 lead with a big forehand return down the middle that Soeda could not handle.

But Soeda did not let his shoulders slump. Instead, the 35-year-old broke back by attacking the Serbian’s forehand. And in the next game, when Djokovic earned three match points, the World No. 133 dismissed them with a forehand volley, an unreturned serve and an overhead winner, respectively.

Djokovic showed why he has been the No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings for the third-most total weeks in history, though, by not getting disappointed himself. The 75-time tour-level titlist cracked a massive inside-out forehand to force a backhand error from Soeda, earning his fourth service break and with it, the match.

The 32-year-old struck 10 aces and won 81 per cent of his first-serve points. He also earned 61 per cent of his second-serve points, which is a better rate of points won than Soeda managed on his first delivery (60%).

Djokovic will next face the winner of fifth seed Lucas Pouille and Japanese No. 2 Yoshihito Nishioka. The World No. 1 owns a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead against Pouille — with those victories coming this year at the Australian Open and in Cincinnati, respectively — and he has never played Nishioka.

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Djokovic is trying to win a tournament on his main draw debut for the 10th time in his career. The last time the Serbian achieved the feat was two years ago in Eastbourne.

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