To confirm the top of the ranking Novak Djokovic should not need the title in the ATP Finals 2020. Yet winning in London would also equal Roger Federer's record, stuck at six in the masters' tournament. In short: after the misstep in Vienna, Novak Djokovic starts again as in the vast majority of cases from a victory.
Nothing to do for Diego Schwartzman, at the first ever participation in the year-end-Masters. Djokovic, despite a slow start, takes control of the situation with relative ease and after just over seventy minutes of play he fixes the score at 6-3 6-2.
It should also be noted that the Serbian added the thirty-seven victory at the Finals in the record book after thirteen years. De facto detaching Stefan Edberg. Waiting for the match between Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev (remake of the very recent final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy), the world number one has also hit the head of the Group Tokyo 1970 as expected.
Djokovic beat Schwartzman
Djokovic's is actually a perfectly normal match. Seasoned with some smudging only in the initial stages. The Serbian champion, who dirties his notebook with a handful of unforced errors in the third game, immediately recovers the disadvantage break and above all finds quantity and quality in prolonged exchanges.
After a rather prolonged study phase, the number one of the big group definitively breaks the balance at 4-3 and gets out of trouble at 30-30 in the moment of truth with a splendid solution straight down the line. The final 6-3 is in effect a logical consequence.
On the other hand, the second set is a completely necessary side dish. Djokovic, who obviously has a wider package of solutions available, designs the pitch perfectly and substantially eliminates unforced errors from the tactical project of the day.
The Serbian champion repeats the break operation in the heart of the second fraction, manages the last batting rounds in an extraordinarily orderly manner and, at the threshold of eighty minutes of play, obviously cuts the finish line first.
In the press-conference Djokovic said: "It seems like a training session to me, but then the referee calls the score and you already feel like you are in the official match. My mental attitude has not changed in terms of approach to the match.
I need to focus. But I miss the crowd, it's one of the main aspects of professional tennis, why we play and travel so much. I am a 2 out of 3 fan everywhere, even though of course the Grand Slams have always been at their best of the five sets.
Historically this being the case, I don't know if there is a chance to change. The reason is that, in my opinion, we have enough tournaments, enough matches during the year. We have the longest season of all sports in the world, since January 1st to the end of November. There are tournaments literally every week."