LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic ruthlessly took Matteo Berrettini aside on the ATP Finals on Sunday as he started his quest to reclaim the #1 rating through profitable his opening staff fit 6-2 6-1.
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 10, 2019 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after profitable his staff level fit in opposition to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Motion Pictures by means of Reuters/Tony O’Brien
Berrettini was the primary Italian to play within the season-ending showpiece since 1978 however was once given a harsh lesson through the 16-time Grand Slam champion on the O2 Area.
The 32-year-old Djokovic started the fit 640 issues in the back of Rafael Nadal within the race to finish the yr on most sensible of the ratings, however victory chipped that benefit right down to 440.
Djokovic should no less than win two staff fits and achieve the general to have any probability of matching Pete Sampras’s file of finishing six separate years as global primary.
Spaniard Nadal, who has issues over an stomach harm sustained on the Paris Masters, performs his first staff fit on Monday in opposition to protecting champion Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic, 4 instances a winner of the name for the reason that match moved to London in 2009, had by no means performed Berrettini prior to however briefly were given to grips with the competitive taste of the 23-year-old Italian.
The primary 4 video games have been shared on serve however Djokovic seized the outlet smash when Berrettini ignored a regimen forehand at 2-Three and briefly took rate.
His simplest blemish was once when serving at Four-Zero in the second one set, gifting Berrettini a smash with a few mistakes, however customary carrier was once briefly resumed as he completed issues off in little greater than an hour with a very simple forehand.
“It feels nice to be again in London,” Djokovic, who gained Wimbledon this yr through beating Roger Federer in an epic ultimate, mentioned on court docket. “It was once no longer simple for him to be enjoying his first Excursion Finals fit and I knew he may well be just a little apprehensive.
“Lucky to get the smash after which I began studying his serve higher and performed cast right through the fit.”
Federer, bidding to win a file 7th name on the season-ending match, takes on Austrian Dominic Thiem within the night fit.
Reporting through Martyn Herman, enhancing through Pritha Sarkar