ATP Finals | Djokovic starts campaign in style

ATP Finals | Djokovic starts campaign in style
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Novak Djokovic began his attempt to equal Roger Federer’s record number of ATP Finals triumphs with a straight-sets 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Casper Ruud on Monday.

World No. 1 Djokovic is looking to complete a remarkable year with a sixth Finals title after only just missing out on claiming all four Grand Slams in a single season, and got off to a strong start against eighth seed Ruud, winning in around 90 minutes.

Djokovic attracted wild applause from the Turin crowd when he insisted on speaking in Italian for his on-court interview after the match, before which he was honoured for once again being the world’s top player.

“It’s a great feeling being back here in Italy… thanks for all your support over these years, Italy is like a second home for me,” Djokovic said.

Sixth-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy saw his challenge suffer a painful end when injury forced him to retire against Alexander Zverev.

The results:

Green Group: Novak Djokovic bt Casper Ruud 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Red Group: Alexander Zverev bt Matteo Berrettini 7-6(9), 1-0 (retired).



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