World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Kasper Rudd, her first opponent in the ATP Finals 7:6 (7:4), 6:2. In the second match of the green group, Andre Rublio defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Novak Djokovic initially had to fight harder than expected against carefree newcomer Casper Ruud. The 22-year-old Norwegian, who holds 5 titles this year alongside Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, played the top mark on the ATP Tour, rudely and aggressively and capturing the favorite with a cool respite.
The longer the match, the stronger Djokovic
But Djokovic, who will finish the tennis year for the seventh time in world number one, quickly adapted to it. An open exchange of blows developed, but after a missed tiebreak, Rudd was forced to give up.
So the Serbian did not show more trouble in the second round and eventually triumphed confidently with 7:6 (7:4), 6:2. Thus Djokovic confirmed that he was ready to hit the bull’s eye: in his 14th appearance, he won his first match for the 13th time, Only in his debut in 2007 did he start the tournament with a defeat.
In the second match of the green group, the world number 5 defeated the world number 4. Andrej Rublew was able to look forward to a 6:4, 6:4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas after a good 90 minutes. The Russian made the difference in both rounds with a 2:2 score when he managed to break. The only two service hacks should remain in the game. Also because Rublew acted so confidently on his serve that Tsitsipas didn’t have to admit a break opportunity.
On Wednesday afternoon there will be a duel between Djokovic and Rubio in Turin. In the evening, the two losers from the first round competed against Tsitsipas and Rod.
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