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I held my serve really well: Novak Djokovic

Updated on: 16 November,2022 08:25 AM IST  |  Turin

Serb ace says starting with break of serve was a huge confidence booster after seeing off Tsitsipas in opener

I held my serve really well: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic returns to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Day Two of the ATP World Tour Finals. Pic/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic had enough of an edge at the beginning and the end as he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Monday in the ATP Finals, a defeat that ended the Greek’s hopes of finishing the year at number one. 

Djokovic is ranked just eighth in part because he missed two majors over his vaccination status, starting the year by being thrown out of Australia ahead of the Australian Open. 

Visa for 2023 Oz Open likely

With the 2023 edition starting on January 16, Djokovic has said his lawyers were talking to Australian officials. On Monday, he said they had not reached an agreement. “Nothing official yet,” he said. “We are waiting. They are communicating with the government of Australia. That’s all I can tell you for now.” 

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In Turin, Djokovic is chasing a record-equalling sixth title in the season-ending event, previously known as the Masters Cup, that brings together the season’s top eight fit players. The Serbian broke Tsitsipas in the opening game and was not threatened on his own serve as he took the first set. 

“The first game was very important to break his serve,” Djokovic said. “Starting with a break of serve is obviously a huge boost in confidence and a relief as well because we both knew it would be a tight match.” 

Tsitsipas managed the only break point of the second set, in the fourth game, after two Djokovic double faults, but the Serbian steadied and held serve. In the tie break, the Serbian raced to a 5-1 lead. Tsitsipas delayed the inevitable by taking three points before Djokovic took his first match point. “I held my serve really well throughout the match,” said Djokovic.  “I played a great tie-break, very solid all the way through.” 

The Tsitsipas loss means the injured Carlos Alcaraz will end 2022 at the top of the rankings unless Rafael Nadal, who lost his opening match on Sunday, can win the tournament. Tsitsipas, who is 24, cannot collect enough points to reach number one even if he rebounds to win the tournament. 

Also Read: No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic reach Last 8 in Paris

Stefanos in no rush for No.1

“I deeply believe that I can reach that spot one day,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m not really that much in a rush, to be honest. Of course, it would have been better if it happened this week.”

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