RECC champion Roger Federer has lost his opening match at the ATP Finals. The six-time tournament winner from Switzerland had beaten the Austrian Dominic Thiem on Sunday evening after a partly high-class duel in front of about 17,000 spectators in the London O2 Arena 5: 7, 5: 7 defeated.
Thus, the 38-year-old exceptional players in his second group match against the Italian Matteo Berrettini is already under pressure. Berrettini had previously against last year's finalists Novak Djokovic at 2: 6, 1: 6 no chance. The two opening winners Thiem and Djokovic as well as Federer and Berrettini will meet on Tuesday. In the third group match, Federer gets to deal with the convincingly playing world ranking second Djokovic.
One day before the first appearance of defending champion Alexander Zverev Federer and Thiem offered a highly entertaining spectacle in the mood-lit hall. The Swiss started very badly and made his serve in the first match. Although he managed to break 2: 2, at the score of 5: 5 Thiem again took the service off his opponent and after 43 minutes he won the first set for himself. In the second round the spectators got to see more and more spectacular rallies. Thiem took the break to 6: 5 and did not miss the chance.
Zverev gets it on Monday evening (21.00 clock live on Sky) to do with the world ranking first Rafael Nadal. The second tournament day will be opened by German double Kevin Krawietz / Andreas Mies. The French Open winners will face the Romanian-Dutch combination Horia Tecau / Jean-Julien Rojer. Afterwards Zverev's group "Andre Agassi" will face tournament debutants Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) and Daniil Medvedev (Russia).
Previously, Djokovic prevailed in just 63 minutes against Berrettini. "I've done my homework. We looked at videos and prepared well, "said the 32-year-old Serb Djokovic after his first comparison with his nine-year-old Italian counterpart.
With his 36th victory in the tournament of the eight best tennis pros of the year, Djokovic drew with his former coach Boris Becker. Djokovic has already won the ATP Finals five times (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and would catch up with another title with Roger Federer (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011).
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