Publicado: Lun, Noviembre 11, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic dispatches Matteo Berrettini to kick-off in style

ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic dispatches Matteo Berrettini to kick-off in style

"There's no other reasonable explanation (to that reaction) than trying to play as flawless as possible", Djokovic said from London.

Berrettini, the last player to qualifier for the finals, walked towards the wrong exit after Djokovic's win was sealed on a first match point, and given the beating he had just taken, it was perhaps no surprise the Italian seemed slightly shocked.

Having not dropped a point in the opening game, the 32-year-old forced Berrettini to deuce on his first serve before two breaks handed him the set. But Djokovic, who won four straight titles at the O2 Arena between 2012 and 2015, broke right back and then clinched the victory with an easy forehand putaway at the net.

Djokovic, four times a victor of the title since the tournament moved to London in 2009, had never played Berrettini before but quickly got to grips with the aggressive style of the 23-year-old Italian.

"It was not easy for him at his first Finals match, I knew he would be nervous at the beginning and I used my experience to perform well".

"Fortunate to get the break and then I started reading his serve better and played solid throughout the match". Both players served well in the next six games to stay locked up at 5-5 before Dominic grabbed another break when Federer sent a backhand long, closing the set when the Swiss placed a backhand wide in the next game for a 7-5 in 43 minutes.

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"The ball is not jumping a lot, so it's tough to mix, especially my forehand", Berrettini said.

The Serbian, a five-time champion at the end-of-season event, was last week nudged off the top spot in the rankings by Rafael Nadal, who is also in the eight-man field in London.

"I've been enjoying the conditions here for many years", he added.

Spaniard Nadal, who has concerns over an abdominal injury sustained at the Paris Masters, plays his first group match on Monday against defending champion Alexander Zverev.

Djokovic has a chance to overtake Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking with a strong showing in London.

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