The tSerbian enlist Novak Djokovic premiered on Monday at the Nitto ATP Finals, the End of the ATP that meet in the O2 in London to the best eight of the year, with a solid triumph against the American John Isner (6-4, 6-3), in a Guga Kuerten Group that leads and in which the German Alexander Zverev achieved a worked victory against the Croatian Marin Cilic, decided in two 'tie-breaks' by 7/5 and 7/1.
The number one in the world, winner of the appointment five times -2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015-, needed something less than an hour and a quarter to Solve his debut at the London venue, where he kept his service intact and where he did not have to face any 'break' ball against.
A) Yes, the Balkan generated break balls in his first three turns to the rest and in four of the first set, taking advantage of one in the fifth game to take the sleeve against Isner, substitute of the injured Rafa Nadal.
In the second set, he was even more forceful, breaking the rest in his last two games. In addition, he made only five unforced errors and hit 12 winners in the match to become leader of the Guga Kuerten Group.
On Wednesday he will face Alexander Zverev, who beat Marin Cilic on Monday. The German maintained his good run against his rival, which he defeated for the sixth consecutive game and for the second year in a row at O2 London.
And that the Hamburg did not start well at his debut in this tournament of 'masters' because he gave up his first serve and then saved two balls 'break' with Cilic dominating 3-0. But from there, it was improving and regained the disadvantage just when the Croatian took with 5-3 to close a partial that ended up going to the 'sudden death', favorable for Zverev (7/5).
The second set had a similar scenario. While there were balance until the decisive measures, was the champion of the US Open in 2014 who broke first to put on an optimum 4-3, to return the favor in the next game.
The Balkan saved a match ball with his service, but clearly gave in the second 'tie-break' to fit his ninth defeat in ten games of the 'round robin' of this event and the German added his victory 55 of the year, more than anyone in the circuit.