The Serb won 6-2, 6-1 against the Italian revelation on the first day of the Masters, which brings together the eight best tennis players of the year.
Novak Djokovic left no chance for Italian novice Matteo Berrettini (6-2, 6-1) on Sunday, November 10, during the first day of the Masters in London, which brings together the eight best tennis players of the year. The two players had never clashed and the revelation of the year Berrettini, semi-finalist at the US Open in August, will not keep a lasting memory, as he received a tennis lesson from the Serbian.
Undoubtedly blunted by a season that saw him enter the top 8 just before the competition, the Italian, 23, has committed too many direct mistakes to hope to shake the hierarchy. Djokovic, in the wake of his victory at the Masters 1000 in Paris, was for his part very serious and solid on his commitment to 6-2, 4-0 with 5 points lost only in 6 games of service and no ball from break conceded against 4 converts.
Matteo Berrettini was not discouraged and took risks that ended up paying when he managed to take the service of the world number two to return to 4-1. The Serbian lost the game by immediately taking two breaks in advance before concluding on his commitment with an easy forehand to the net after just over an hour of play.
Thiem folds Federer
Dominic Thiem of Austria, seeded N.5, made an excellent run in the semi-finals of the tennis Masters by beating Roger Federer (N.3) in straight sets (7-5, 7-5) .
The Austrian, who had won four of six matches between the two men before the match, had a better start, breakant from the first game. Taking advantage of Thiem's poor percentage of first ball (55%), Switzerland was catching up fourth, but Kristina Mladenovic's companion, perhaps inspired by the performance of the Frenchwoman who led the Blues to victory in the Fed Cup in Australia during the night, reopened at 5-5 and concluded at the first opportunity.
The second set was very tense, with the two players clinging to their faceoff. With a first ball coming back to a more decent level (69%), Thiem dismissed the only breakthrough ball conceded in the fourth game and replayed of the first set by taking Federer's service on a 6-5 shutout. The Swiss tried a good fight and offered two balls to break but finally gave in to his 12-year-old.
The world throne at stake
Thanks to his expeditious victory, Novak Djokovic ideally began his hunt for the world number one place at the end of the year, abandoned to Rafaël Nadal just before the London Masters. For Federer, the road of a 7e Masters title, which would go through a victory against Matteo Berrettini (N.8) but especially a feat against Novak Djokovic (N.2), seems well clogged.
Monday night it will be the turn of Rafael Nadal, reduced by an abdominal injury that forced him to retire at the Masters 1000 in Paris before his semifinal, to compete in the group Agassi against the German Alexander Zverev , the title holder, while in the afternoon, two representatives of the young guard will explain the match between the Russian Daniil Medvedev and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.