Novak Djokovic started competing in the ATP final from the win. On Monday, in the first round of the Green team, the Serbian defeated Caspar Root in two sets.
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– Here you have to play with more intensity and as best you can. Novak Djokovic said before the start of the ATP Finals 2021 that sometimes you may have no fuel in your tank, but you have to play the top five games to win the title. The Serbian showed both energy and vigor in the first game in Turin. High level. As a result, he defeated Caspar Root 7: 6 (4), 6: 2.
Djokovic is one of the most successful tennis players in history, appearing in the ATP Final for the 14th time and winning five titles. Root, on the other hand, recently entered the top 10 in the rankings and is a newcomer to the ATP Tour Final. But in court, the difference between them was much less than on paper.
Root started the match without fear of his debut and beat Djokovic in the opening game. The Norwegians played very well in the beginning and led the game, but wasted the advantage at 3: 2, giving up a pass with a double service error at the break. From that moment on, the scales tilted further and further towards the preferred Serbia.
Djokovic began to be more regular, and he was able to better read his competitor’s motives. In the tenth game, Serbia won two sets of symbols but did not use them. He finished the game on a tie-break, where he scored four out of five at 3-3 and finished with a superb forehand.
Djokovic’s dominance in the second team is beyond controversy. ATP reached the point where the leaderboard could not reach the root, which in addition began to fail with forehand.
Already in the first game, the Norwegian player gave a pass and the ball broke the forehand at the break. When the scoreboard was 3: 1, Root broke again after a forehand error. Djokovic took a 4: 1 lead and calmly led the game to the end.
The fight lasted an hour and a half. This time, Djokovic blasted ten aces, conceded once, scored three of five break points, made 21 finishers and made 15 unforced errors. Root added pride to nine aces, 26 winning strokes and 25 own mistakes.
This is the first match for the Green Group in the ATP Finals 2021. In the second match, at 21:00, Stefanos will face Tsitsipas and Andrei Rublev.
ATP Finals, Turin (Italy)
Tour Finals, Indoor Heart Court, $ 7,250 million prize money
Monday, November 15
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) – Caspar Root (Norway, 8) 7: 6 (4), 6: 2
ATP Finals 2021 Results and Schedules
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