Atp Finals: Novak Djokovic Eases Past Andrey Rublev

Novak Djokovic easily beats Andrey Rublev


Novak Djokovic is a player to beat in Turin this year! The Serb delivered his second win of the competition, beating Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-1 in 67 minutes to top the Red Group. It was Novak’s second win over Andrey in three matches, dominating his service games and breaking the opponent three times to cross the finish line.

Novak dropped seven points in his games and kept up the pressure on the other side. He had the advantage in the shorter range down to four shots and edged out Andrey in later rallies to secure his 43rd ATP Finals victory.

Djokovic was rock solid behind the opening shot in the first set, winning all 17 points behind the first serve and allowing his opponent to take just three points. Therefore, Rublev felt the pressure in the games from him and could not bear it.

The Russian struggled to find the first serve and broke on the only chance the Serb was offered to fall behind.

Novak Djokovic defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets in Turin.

Novak landed an ace on the T line to bring home the opening game at 15.

Andrey responded with a service winner in game two to make it 1-1, and Novak produced more powerful serves in the next. Rublev fired an ace in the fourth game to make it 2-2, and Djokovic followed with more quick points in the next.

Andrey landed a forehand down the line winner in the sixth game to secure the result at 3-3 after 16 lightning-fast minutes. Novak fired another ace in game seven to make it 4-3 and reached two on the return in the next after Andrey’s backhand error.

The Russian kept his cool and held with an ace to level the score at 4-4. Without missing a beat in their games, the Serb hit another ace in game nine for 5-4, with his opponent serving to stay in the set. Rublev wasted a game point in game ten and hit a deflected backhand to experience the first break point.

It was set point for Novak, and he capitalized on it with a backhand winner on the return of line for 6-4 in 35 minutes. Andrey lost ground in those moments and experienced a break early in the second set to move further away from the positive result.

The Serb opened a 3-0 gap with an ace and delivered another big lead for 4-1. Rublev experienced another break in game six to fall behind 5-1, and Djokovic emerged on top with excellent grip a few minutes later to remain perfect in Turin this week.

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