Novak Djokovic: Cristiano Ronaldo watched me, Roger Federer, Nadal

Rafael Nadal still has no rivals on clay not even Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal still has no rivals on clay not even Novak Djokovic

In stark contrast to second seed Roger Federer, Djokovic hit just six unforced errors and won 86% of points on his serve.

The elastic-limbed 31-year-old, bidding to equal Roger Federer's record of six titles at the ATP's blue-riband event, produced an immaculate display to tame American giant John Isner, who was making his tournament debut, 6-4 6-3.

"That was pretty comprehensive out there, " Isner conceded.

The last time Novak Djokovic played at the O2 Arena he suffered a chastening defeat at the hands of home hero Andy Murray which confirmed the end of his dominance at the top of the men's game.

The Serbian said of his performance: "The match was great". Zverev quickly held serve to put the pressure back on Cilic, who held on to force the second-set tiebreak.

"It takes a little bit of time really to get yourself adjusted to the surface because the surface is a good surface".

"I mean, look, I think (the court) plays different or it's definitely slower than I think the last three tournaments that I've played", Federer told reporters after losing to Kei Nishikori in straight sets. "When you serve well, also it accelerates through the court".

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Isner applied himself admirably but barely avoided being broken a couple of times in the first set, and was broken twice more in the second set.

Croatian No. 5 seed Cilic now faces an uphill task to qualify from the group with two matches left to play.

The Serbian, who has already been crowned world No 1, has enjoyed a fabulous season so far, something which seemed inconceivable at the end of past year as he was plagued by a recurring wrist problem.

Since the start of Wimbledon, he has now won 32 out of 34 matches.

Marin Cilic's miserable record at the ATP Finals continued as he was beaten 7-6 (5) 7-6 (1) by Germany's Alexander Zverev on Monday - his ninth defeat in 10 round-robin matches at the O2 Arena.

Zverev then conjured up a match point with a sublime backhand victor at 30-30 at 5-4 but Cilic resisted and held serve with a strong serve down the middle.

Cilic, who made 46 unforced errors, dropped to 1-9 across his four appearances at the tournament. "It worked out", Zverev, who vented his anger in the direction of coach Ivan Lendl in the early stages, said. "The court is very fast". So, it's more hard than in other tournaments, so everybody has to kind of find their rhythm in the first match.

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