The Serbian Novak Djokovic destroyed on Sunday the Italian Matteo Berrettini in his debut in the ATP Finals, with a resounding victory by 6-2 and 6-1 and successfully started his way to his sixth title of teacher.
The Belgrade only made eight unforced errors and made the Italian premiere bitter, too nervous, in his first participation in the tournament.
In just 62 minutes, Djokovic, who pursues the number one at the end of the year that Rafael Nadal now holds, won his first victory of the tournament and reduced the difference with the Spanish in the ATP classification to 440 points momentarily.
The match played at the O2 Arena in London, as well as fast, was devoid of winning shots and between the two players they only added 22, ten for Nole and twelve for the transalpine.
Berrettini, who was the last to qualify for the appointment of teachers, noticed the nerves at the premiere and not even his service was a weapon with which to put Djokovic's defense in trouble. He only connected four direct services, the same as Djokovic, and his percentage of points won with the first serve did not reach 50%.
Given that and an audience eager for the show, who was left wanting, Djokovic had no mercy, swept Berrettini and began his journey in the Bjorn Borg Group, which was framed next to the Swiss Roger Federer and the Austrian Dominic Thiem.
In this edition, in addition to the number one, Djokovic seeks to get his sixth Masters Cup, which would match Federer, leader in the winners of the tournament.
Federer and Thiem will play the night shift, where the Austrian leads in clashes against the Swiss 4-2 and also arrives with the impulse to have added two victories this year against the Basel star.
Thiem, fifth seeded in London, added his first ATP Masters 1000 title on the hard track this year. For his part, Federer, 38, is the oldest player to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals and has a record of six titles, ten finals and fifteen semifinals in 17 appearances. The Swiss is ready to fight for his fifth trophy of the season and 104 of his career.