Novak Djokovic reveals key to his victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas at ATP Finals

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Novak Djokovic reveals key to his victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas at ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic said breaking Stefanos Tsitsipas in the very first game of their ATP Finals match was one of the keys to his opening victory in Turin. On Monday night, Djokovic defeated Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6 (4) to kick off his ATP Finals campaign with a victory.

“The first game was very important to break his serve. 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. We have played some really close matches in the past few tournaments against each other.

It was very important to start off well. I held my serve really well throughout the match. I played a great tie-break, very solid all the way through," Djokovic said, per the ATP Finals website.

How Djokovic defeated Tsitsipas

In the opening game of the match, Djokovic clinched two consecutive break points as he managed to start the match with an early break.

After starting the match with a break, Djokovic didn't give Tsitsipas a single break point in the first set as he routinely held on to his serve to win the opener. At the start of the second set, Tsitsipas earned his first break point of the match but he didn't realize it as Djokovic saved a break point in the third game to avoid going down by an early break.

As not a single break point was seen in the rest of the set, the second set had to be resolved in a tie-break. In the tie-break, Tsitsipas won the opening point before Djokovic responded by winning the next five points to take a 5-1 lead.

Two points away from the loss, Tsitsipas refused to quit as he won the next three points to cut the deficit to 5-4. However, Djokovic was able to keep his composure and win the next two points to complete a two-set win. In his second Round Robin match, Djokovic plays Andrey Rublev.