World No.2 Novak Djokovic cruises past Matteo Berrettini in the first round-robin match of the Bjorn Borg group, defeating him in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 at the ATP World Tour Finals 2019 on Sunday.
The five-time champion kicked off with a perfect service game to love as he demonstrated that the serve will play a crucial part in the game. While Matteo Berrettini struggled to hold his serve as the world No.2 found the first breakthrough in the sixth game to get a 4-2 lead.
Novak Djokovic wasted no time in taking control of the first set, holding his service games without facing a breakpoint and breaking twice to claim the opening set in just half an hour.
The Serbian did not lose a single point on his second serve, whereas Berrettini could only win 33 percent of his second serve points. The Italian hit 17 unforced errors in that set, compared to Djokovic’s three.
Good morning, @DjokerNole 👋
The World No. 2 is up and at 'em in his opening match, taking the first set 6-2 from Berrettini.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) November 10, 2019
Novak Djokovic up 6-2 on Berrettini, who is struggling to find the court right now.
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) November 10, 2019
In a replication of the first set, Novak Djokovic started the second set with a hold of serve to love. The 33-year-old earned an early break in the next game to take full control of the match.
Point of the match!!!
— Tennis Magazine (@TennisMagazine1) November 10, 2019
The 16-time Grand Slam champion was at his brilliant best as he dismantled Berrettini’s serve for the fourth time in the match to get a 4-0 lead and win his 9th consecutive game.
Matteo Berrettini fought back hard to break Djokovic for the first time in the match in the next game. The match then headed towards the conclusion swiftly after breaking the 23-year-old for the fifth time and serving out the match, winning the set 6-1.
“I have been enjoying the conditions on this court for many many years. I have been fortunate to play this tournament for 10 straight years,” Novak Djokovic said in the on-court interview.
Five-time champion @DjokerNole begins play in Group Bjorn Borg with 6-2 6-1 win over Matteo Berrettini.
Djokovic improves to 36-12 overall at #NittoATPFinals (.750) and 11-1 in his round robin openers (.917).
World No. 2 must reach Sunday's final for a chance at year-end No. 1.
— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) November 10, 2019