Novak Djokovic earned access to the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals for the eleventh time in his career thanks to yet another great performance of the season. The Belgrade was impeccable in his service: he scored 94% of the points with the first one and didn't give Andrey Rublev any chance.
After closing the first set at 6-4 with an extraordinary response, the Serbian champion took the lead in the exchanges and began to better read the Russian's serve. Rublev was no longer able to counter Djokovic and collected only one game in the second half of the game.
Djokovic: "One of the best matches of the year. I want to win"
Djokovic explained: "One of the best matches of the year, especially for the level expressed in the second set. It was a perfect set. I started the match in the best way, serving extremely well.
I have won many free points through the service. I think it helps a lot in these playing conditions against a dynamic tennis player like Rublev. I was able to find the right answers. I was a little more patient than him in the tenth game of the first set and hit a great backhand response on the front of him.
The game has been on my side ever since. I think the first games of the second set were the key. I immediately got the break and things went fantastic. I am happy to have won the semi-finals, but I still want to win the last game of the group.
It is an incredible feeling to have my family here: both of my children are in Turin with my wife. They watched the entire match from the first to the last point. I think this is the first time this has happened. Obviously my son plays tennis.
He is eight years old and he is aware of what is happening on the pitch and he knows everyone. He loves going around the club, getting tennis autographs, playing tennis and helping Goran Ivanisevic before training. It's something I've grown accustomed to and it happens regularly.
He really influenced me in a fantastic way this week. I had so much fun on the court with my son. Obviously also off the pitch. He brings harmony and joy into my life, especially on match day when I'm most tense. Having my family close allows me to find a great balance. They are happy, I am happy and everything is fine."