Novak Djokovic makes no particular changes to his tennis in his first match at the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin. On the contrary. Casper Ruud, parallel to the first experience in his career among the top eight, basically resists only one set.
The Serbian champion, who recovers a break from a disadvantage and who also remedies a false start in the twelfth game, considerably raises the level of joy in the moment of need, spreads without particular difficulties and blocks with a 7-6 (5) 6-2 the success.
Success number thirty-nine at the Finals. Doubts about Stefanos Tsitsipas' physical condition remain unchanged. The 2019 edition champion - at the first in Turin - does what he can against Andrey Rublev. Little, in the vast majority of cases.
The Russian tennis player (who had won three of the previous seven), favored by the playing conditions, and obviously also by a greater awareness, dominates with the available serve and above all dominates the confrontation from the baseline.
Needless to say, he wins 37 of the 41 points with the first one available, does not grant break points and flirts with the break already at the start. 'Tsitsi' stains the notebook in parallel with seventeen free tickets - straight only - and does not find sufficiently valid weapons to prevent the double 6-4 that guarantees the Russian the head of the Green Group together with Novak Djokovic.
Wta Finals, Sakkari in the semifinals
Maria Sakkari wins the the challenge with Aryna Sabalenka and in her first career experience at the WTA Finals she finds at least a place among the top four. For the Greek tennis player, back on the sixth step of the ranking, almost three hours of play are needed.
Also because she does not take advantage of a set advantage and not even a handful of match points available in the tenth game of the second. Forced to the third, the Greek even recovers a disadvantage break and above all breaks the balance with a mega-partial of 5-0.
In time of need, Sabalenka completely loses her service: difficult to win with 36% of the points with the second ball and especially with 19 double fouls. In the semifinals she will challenge Anett Kontaveit, who has won five of the previous eleven and above all the most recent (in the final) in Ostrava.
The success of Iga Swiatek against Paula Badosa is totally irrelevant for the purposes of the group. Already sure of first place, and obviously also of the challenge with Garbine Muguruza, the Spanish tennis player plays without too much conviction. The 7-5 6-4 that she matures on the threshold of two hours of play is practically a logical consequence.