Djokovic is aiming to finish the yr as No.1 for a 6th time, equaling the report of American nice Pete Sampras, and for his 6th name on the season-ending finale, matching Roger Federer, one among his primary opponents this week in London.
He made gentle paintings of Italian Matteo Berrettini, successful 6-2 6-1 in simply over an hour on the O2 Area within the Bjorn Borg Workforce opener.
Berretinni, the primary Italian guy to succeed in the year-end championships since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978, got here out combating and confirmed early indicators of his high quality to carry for one recreation all.
However he was once undermined via 17 unforced mistakes within the first set as nerves performed their section, permitting Djokovic to wreck two times and seal the set in 28 mins.
8th seed Berrettini produced a few of his absolute best play at the beginning of the second one, however it might no longer save you him being damaged two times as he trailed via a collection and Four-Zero.
Djokovic dropped his personal serve to offer Berrettini a glimmer of hope, however a 3rd ruin of his 23-year-old opponent settled any nerves and he served out for victory in 62 mins.
“It was once no longer simple for him at his first Finals fit, I knew he could be apprehensive at first and I used my enjoy to accomplish neatly,” mentioned Djokovic as he mirrored on a comfy victory.
Federer bids for 7th ATP Finals crown
Stiffer checks anticipate, together with Federer and Dominic Thiem, who had been taking part in the second one fit of the Bjorn Borg Workforce later Sunday..
To have a possibility of overtaking Rafael Nadal on the best of the ratings Djokovic will have to no less than achieve the general, however he has made a majestic get started.
Nadal, who needed to pull out of the Paris Masters, gained ultimate week via Djokovic, with an damage that has effects on his carrier, performs protecting champion Alexander Zverev of their Andre Agassi Workforce opener Monday.
Germany’s Zverev surprised Djokovic in ultimate yr’s ultimate to raise the name, however quite than act as a springboard for grand slam luck it’s been the previous guard of Nadal and Djokovic who’ve shared the ones majors in 2019.
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Russian Daniil Medvedev are the opposite qualifiers for the eight-man event.