The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic started with victory against Diego Schwartzman in the ATP Finals in London after winning one hour and 18 minutes of play by 6-3 and 6-2 in the Group Tokyo 1970 that will have its second match this Monday between the Russian Daniil Medvedev and the German Alexander Zverev
The one from Belgrade, which arrived without competing in Paris-Bercy and after surprisingly losing in Vienna, gave no option to the one from Buenos Aires and broke with the German Boris Becker as third tennis player with more wins in this tournament and he surpassed him with 37. He is only behind the Swiss Roger Federer, who has 59 victories, and the Czech nationalized Ivan Lendl, who has 39.
Nearly perfect debut
Schwartzman, making his tournament debut at the age of 28, started at a good pace and without traces of a beginner's nerves. He managed to break Djokovic's serve in the third game, taking advantage of several flagrant failures by the Serbian, but the joy was short-lived.
He put a partial 5-1 to Schwartzman dominating all the track and excellent at service and ended with numbers with the first serve above 80% and scoring seven 'aces'.
With the first set in his pocket, Djokovic barely offered any crack in his game and passed over the Buenos Aires to achieve almost perfect debut in the tournament where he seeks to equal the six titles of Roger Federer.
Medvedev takes the measure against Zverev
The Russian Daniil Medvedev showed that he has taken the measure against the German Alexander Zverev and beat him again, 6-4 and 6-4, as he did a week ago in the final of the Masters 1,000 in Paris-Bercy.
The Muscovite made his debut in this edition of the ATP Finals and achieved his first triumph in this tournament, after last year he lost all three games he played. Zverev, champion in 2018, disappointed and was much further from victory than a week ago, when at least he put Medvedev in trouble by snatching the first set.
With erratic play and loaded with double faults (he committed seven), Zverev faded into the match. He showed an apathetic and non-aggressive attitude. Even when he was about to break his racket, he held back at the last minute, exhibiting an unusual indolence in him. And that Medvedev was not fine in the first bars either and conceded the first break of the meeting, but the Russian recovered it immediately and saved five break points in the third game that were key.
The Spanish David Ferrer, coach of the German, could not believe what he saw on the court when, in the second game, Zverev committed three consecutive double faults but in the sixth the movie was even worse. He went from being with an advantage to giving away the serve with two more double faults in a row and practically left the match.
Head down and at the mercy of a Medvedev who even threw a spoon serve, Zverev sank before a man at the that not long ago he beat in the face to face by 5-1. But history has changed and now it is Moscow that dominates.
The victory allows Medvedev to place second in the Tokyo 1970 group, behind Serbian Novak Djokovic, who lost one less game in his duel against him Argentine Diego Schwartzman (6-3 and 6-2).
Djokovic and the Russian will meet in the second game of the group, while Zverev will face the Argentine.
Granollers and Zeballos make their debut with victory in doubles
The pair formed by the Spanish Marcel Granollers and the Argentine Horacio Zeballos achieved their first triumph in the ATP Finals by winning to Australian John Peers and New Zealander Michael Venus by 7-6 (2) and 7-5.
Granollers and Zeballos took a very close match in which they needed to overcome an adverse break in the second set and four match points to incline the oceanic.
Granollers, who won this tournament in 2012, and Zeballos, who debuts this edition, are placed leaders of the Bob Bryan group while waiting for them to be I played the second game of the day, the one that measures Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares against Jürgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.