Tennis player Novak Djokovic has started with a convincing victory at the ATP Finals in London.
In his first group match, the five-time champion left Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, the number 9 in the world, without a chance with 6-3 6-2. The match lasted only 78 minutes.
Debutant Schwartzman broke Djokovic in the third game, but after a quick re-break, he was not involved anymore. Djokovic played well and gave up only five points to his own service in the second set. At 5-2 he wanted to finish it quickly, but after a double fault and a sharp point, he only used his third game point with a good volley.
For the first-seeded Djokovic, it was the first win since his shocking defeat at the Vienna ATP tournament, where he managed to secure the number 1 position at the end of the year last month. The Serb lost in Vienna in the quarterfinals 6-2 6-1 to the Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
Djokovic last won the ATP Finals in 2015. Five years ago he defeated Roger Federer in the final. He then won the tournament for the fourth time in a row. He won the tournament for the first time in 2008. The end-of-year tournament for the best eight tennis players of the season was still held in Shanghai at the time.
Last year, Djokovic surprisingly got stuck in the group stage. He then lost in the group to Dominic Thiem and Federer. The title then went to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
On Monday evening, the Russian Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev from Germany will compete against each other in the same group.