The Serbian Novak Djokovic played like the number one that is, beat the American John Isner by 6-4 and 6-3 and he became the leader of the Guga Kuerten Group of Nitto ATP Finals that are disputed in the O2 of London, where it aspires to win this tournament for the sixth time.
With Cristiano Ronaldo as a witness, in one of the places destined for celebrities, Djokovic beat Isner, the tallest player in history to compete in the tournament that closes the season (2.08) in one hour and 13 minutes, a day after receiving the prize as number one in the world at the end of the year, tying with Federer and Jimmy Connors and being one of the six Pete Sampras record.
Isner, 33, third oldest debutant in the history of this tournament, showed in the O2 that his serve is the ultimate weapon with which he can destroy any opponent, except an inspired Djokovic, who fresh after reaching the semifinals at the 1,000 Masters in Paris, he was able to silence his cannon, stealing it three times.
The serve of the American marked a milestone this year at Wimbledon when he achieved 214 "aces", tournament record, accumulated in his journey to reach the semifinals, where he yielded against the South African Kevin Anderson, by 26-24 in the fifth set, after a tough fight of six hours and 36 minutes.
But on Monday, Isner could not intimidate the Belgrade player. The rests and blows of right of 'Nole' made wobble the giant, of Greensboro (Carolina of the North) that attended a great exhibition of its executioner, to finish fitting the ninth defeat in 11 confrontations.
If the undefeated tournament wins, Djokovic would accumulate an advantage of more than 2,000 points over Nadal
With his victory tonight against the American John Isner, the Serbian Novak Djokovic began to escape from the Spanish Rafael Nadal in the ranking to finish the season with the greatest possible margin.
In the O2 of London where the Nitto Finals ATP are disputed, Djokovic can win 1,500 points if he finishes as undefeated champion. This Monday he added the first 200 points of his account with what now has 965 more than the southpaw of Manacor, absent due to injury.
If Djokovic, who has won 23 of the last 24 meetings (fell in the final of the Paris Masters against the Russian Karen Khachanov), takes the tournament without losing a single game, would end with 9,545 points, with 2,065 advantage over Nadal .