Dominic Thiem, 26 years old and world No. 5, starred in a first relative surprise in the London Masters to bend to Roger Federer (3rd) on the 1st day of the BjOrn Borg group, which began with a placid victory of Novak Djokovic (2nd) on Matteo Berrettini (8th) for 6-2 and 6-1 in 63 minutes.
The Austrian won the Swiss by a double 7-5 after 1h.40 ’of play and raised his favorable record over Federer to 5-2, including his last three games, all this season: the Masters 1,000 final Indian wells, the rooms of Madrid and this premiere at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Federer, six times 'tennis master' (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011), won Thiem in the Masters league last year, but Dominic returned that blow to glimpse with more optimism his classification for the semifinals Instead, Federer is put up that goal uphill. Djokovic and Berrettini will be the next rivals of the Austrian and the Swiss.
For his part, Djokovic proved to be in top form against Berrettini in the face of the final battle for No. 1 that he raises this week with Rafael Nadal: the Serbian needs at least reach the final of the Masters.