Daniil Medvedev started the ATP Finals in London with a victory. The Russian, who suffered three defeats in his debut last year, was with 6-3, 6-4 the superior of the German Alexander Zverev.
The opening set went remarkably with no less than 32 unnecessary misses (eight double mistakes), thirteen breakpoints and three breaks. The fourth placed Medvedev was the first to rest in his game and dragged the set, in which Zverev made only two out of thirteen points on his second service, with a love game in.
In set two, the waitress reigned for six games, after which Zverev was the first to fail. With two fanciers, he donated the Russian the break and Medvedev gave the 2018 tournament winner no more chance and took the win with a love game.
Djokovic ready quickly
Earlier in the same group, Novak Djokovic had also started the year-round tournament with a victory in two sets. The first Serb placed the first Serb pushed debutant Diego Schwartzman with 6-3, 6-2 on the side.
The Argentine, scaled eighth, had lost the five previous encounters with Djokovic and won no set in their two hardcourt games. Even now Schwartzman did not come close to set wins, although he did break the Serb in the third game. The number one in the world repaired the damage immediately and did not give away any breakpoints in the future.
The 33-year-old Djokovic becomes the oldest winner when he writes the tournament, which is considered the unofficial World Cup, and thus equals the record number of six final victories of the absent Roger Federer who is recovering from an operation on the knee.