Novak Djokovic flew out of the traps at the ATP Finals but Roger Federer’s return to London fell flat in as Group Bjorn Borg commenced proceedings at the O2.
Djokovic, jostling with Rafael Nadal to finish the year as world number one, swept aside debutant Matteo Berrettini 6-2 6-1 in a shade over an hour.
Federer would have expected a tougher test against Dominic Thiem, a five-time winner on the Tour this year, in the evening session, and so it proved. The six-time champion was beaten in straight sets, 7-5 7-5.
On Wednesday, the attention turns to Group Andre Agassi and, hopefully, Nadal’s first match in the tournament.
Nadal, who has fitness concerns due to an abdominal problem, faces defending champion Alexander Zverev on Monday evening.
A HUGE win for @ThiemDomi 💪
His third win over Roger Federer this season.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 10, 2019
Joe Salisbury, Britain’s sole representative in London this week, opened proceedings on Sunday but suffered defeat in the first doubles rubber.
The 27-year-old and American partner Rajeev Ram were beaten 6-3 6-4 by South African Raven Klaasn and Michael Venus of New Zealand.
Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the memorable final which Borg won in five sets against his great rival McEnroe.
Remembering Goran Ivanisevic’s Wimbledon success.
Simona Halep undecided about playing at US Open.
Novak Djokovic yet to make a decision.
Andy Murray tipped to be a dark horse at US Open by Annabel Croft.
Zverev and Ferrer to link up for trial period.
Novak Djokovic has his say.
Robin Soderling opens up.
Episode 156 for the Adria Tour drama.
A mouthful from Dominic Thiem.