Zverev, billed as the player most likely to lead the sport into a new golden era once the holy trinity of Roger Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have hung up their rackets, took full advantage of an off-key Serb to win 6-4 6-3.
"You definitely played much better than in the group stage", Djokovic said in an on-court interview, prompting laughter from the crowd. I played super well in Australia again. The blank Czech oversaw Andy Murray's best results against him, including a victory here at the O2 Arena in the 2016 final.
'Even though we had a bit of a moment yesterday I still appreciate each and everyone coming out here and supporting me, ' he told the crowd.
Zverev faced boos at the end of the match after he had - legitimately - stopped a point in the tie-break when a ballboy dropped a ball.
Zverev takes on Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final and will be hoping to receive a warm reception tomorrow to put the controversy to bed.
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"I'm not questioning Sascha's (Zverev's) sportsmanship in any way", he added. It's all good from my side.' Asked if as ball boy he never lost the ball, Federer - who covered this role for two years as the Swiss Indoors in Basel - replied: 'I don't remember.
The dominant Djokovic continued in the same vein in the second set, breaking Anderson in the first and fifth games to move into touching distance of a place in the final.
"I think it was the best match I've played so far this week - it came at the right time", Djokovic, who has been nearly unstoppable in the second half of the year, said. "There is a rule that if something like this happens, obviously you replay points".
"There's a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory.in our careers", said Djokovic, who ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by winning Wimbledon this year, before going on to claim his 14th major trophy at the U.S. Open.
"I'm a little bit upset about the whole situation because this is not how I wanted it to end". Djokovic has not been broken this week and has faced only two break points in this tournament. After losing to Djokovic in his second round-robin match, he bounced back to beat Isner to reach the semifinals, a performance that gave him the momentum he needed against Federer. I knew I had to take care of my service games, because he's serving really well.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was out of the blocks in sensational style this season, defending his Australian Open title and at the age of 36 becoming the oldest world number one in the 45-year history of the ATP rankings. "And he's returning well, which definitely makes life hard, but that's why he's one of the best players of all time".