London, Nov 10 (EFE) .- They add between the two eleven titles in the ATP Finals, and this Sunday they started a new battle at the O2 in London where they pursue different goals. One, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, recover the world number one and end the season, and another, the Swiss Roger Federer remain the record man of the tournament.
In their respective presentations in the Bjorn Borg group, Djokovic showed a devastating superiority against Italian Matteo Berrettini (6-2 and 6-1), but Swiss Roger Federer, six-time champion of the tournament, fell to Austrian Dominic Thiem (7- 5 and 7-5), his "black beast" this year before which he has bent his knee three times.
Cool, despite a long season that will continue from this 17th of the month in the Davis Cup Finals at the Magic Box in Madrid, Djokovic won the debutante Berrettini in just 63 minutes, adding 11 times in which prevails in the first game of this contest.
"Nole" does not fall in the initial round of this tournament since the Spanish David Ferrer defeated him in 2007. Afterwards he has always started the conquest of it in a positive way. And it has been appropriated five times (2008, 2012-13-14-15).
This Tuesday played overwhelmingly, translated into perfect regularity. He only made eight unforced errors, for 28 of his rival, very depleted with his best weapon, the service, which he lost five times.
With confidence after winning for the fifth time the 1,000 Masters in Paris, and hanging the fifth title of the year, for the ninth time in a season. Djokovic already puts pressure on Nadal in the fight to know who will end up as world number one at the end of 2019. If at the beginning of the tournament the Spaniard took 660 points, now he only leads him in 440. Nadal will start tomorrow, in the Andre group Agassi, against the defender of the title, the German Alexander Zverev
In his first participation in this event, Berrettini paid a face for his hazing, although he is proud to be the first Italian to participate in this tournament since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978 in New York. He was nervous, did not find himself comfortable on the blue track of the O2, and claudicated before Djokovic in his first duel against him.
Then he drew positive conclusions so as not to get discouraged. "I think he has subtracted incredibly, it is the most impressive of all he has done," he reasoned. "It's what I've always said about Rafa and Roger, they are the three best in the history of tennis, and I expected to face a very tough game. I learned a lot from Roger and Rafa (against those who had already faced each other before), and by of course I will learn a lot from him, "said the Roman.
However, Italian tennis lives a moment of euphoria. Jannik Sinner, with 18 years, has just been proclaimed winner of the New Generation Masters on Sunday in Milan after beating the Australian Alex De Minaur, and the following week Berrettini participates for the first time in the ATP Finals.
Then, Federer began the conquest of his seventh title but stumbled upon an opponent, who seems to have taken the measure. Thiem beat him for the third time this season in a hundred minutes.
Less than two years after quarantine, the Swiss is still fast and elegant on a covered track, where he can get his 300th victory this week. But this Sunday he did not know how to keep the Austrian attacks at bay, much safer since the track background.
Dressed in black and with freshly cut hair, the match did not start well for Basel. His first backhand volley crashed into the net, and then he was down 2-0. Bad omens for a player who has not won this tournament since 2011, and who was returning to London after having his ninth Wimbledon in July in the final against Novak Djokovic when he had two match balls, and lost them by becoming Serbian with the title.
Despite having the historical support of the 20,000 fans who filled the O2, Federer's start was not what he wanted, but the result is not definitive and can still achieve the semifinals. At the moment it is the 13th time he loses his inaugural game.
Thiem, who dominates in the face-to-face now by 5-2, had won that of Basel in the final of Indian Wells, on the hard track, and in the quarterfinals of Madrid, on land, this year.
It also means that Federer has conceded the first defeat on the indoor track so far this season. Winner in Basel, where he won the four games he played (Stan Wawrinka did not appear), and added the other two in the Geneva Laver Cup, against the Australian Nick Kyrgios and the American John Isner, Federer had not lost any This year indoors.
Thus, Djokovic and Thiem will meet on Tuesday, while Federer will do it against Berrettini. EFE