Novak Djokovic thrashes Berrettini in ATP Finals opener

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Novak Djokovic took full advantage of Matteo Berrettini's erratic forehand to beat the Italian 6-2, 6-1 Sunday in the opening match of the ATP Finals.

Matteo Berrettini of Italy plays a backhand during his debut against Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals.

He has often struggled with injuries towards the end of the season - missing the ATP Finals a year ago through injury and pulling out after just one match in 2017.

The unflappable 16-time Grand Slam champion broke back in the following game and served out to take the set 6-1.

His only blemish was when serving at 4-0 in the second set, gifting Berrettini a break with a couple of errors, but normal service was quickly resumed as he finished things off in little more than an hour with an easy forehand.

Austrian Thiem, who has five titles to his name this year, now holds a 5-2 win record over Federer.

Thiem was extremely impressive during his drubbing of Federer and showed both sides of his game to defend a crucial break point early in the second set and clinically finish the showdown in the tense final stages. Nadal is bidding to clinch the year-end number one spot in the ATP rankings for a fifth time - he is now 640 points ahead of Djokovic ahead of the season-ending tournament in London, starting tomorrow.

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Even at the end of another grueling season, Djokovic won't tolerate any dips in his game as he pursues a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title.

Djokovic has a chance to overtake Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking with a strong showing in London.

Five successive, clinical breaks of serve saw last year's runner up - a four-time champion at the O2 Arena - ease to an emphatic victory in just 63 minutes.

Djokovic, 33, saved two match points on Federer's serve to win his fifth Wimbledon crown despite overwhelming support for the Swiss from the crowd in July.

"It was not easy for him at his first Finals match, I knew he would be nervous at the beginning and I used my experience to perform well".

Germany´s Alexander Zverev shocked Djokovic in last year´s final but the Serbian is the firm favourite in London after cantering to victory at last week´s Paris Masters.

Nadal, who has never won the event, is bidding to clinch the year-end number one spot in the ATP rankings for a fifth time.

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