World No. 1 Novak Djokovic didn't seem to be too thrilled with the way he started his match against top-ranked Argentine Diego Schwartzman at the Nitto ATP Finals but he was happy with the way he closed out the first set.
Schwartzman made a good start to the match, having broken Djokovic in the third game for a 2-1 lead, but the Argentine failed to hold on to his serve as the Serb claimed breaks in the fourth and eighth games to recover from an early break down and win the first set.
After losing the first set, Schwartzman's game fell apart as Djokovic claimed breaks in the opening game of the second set and one more in the fifth game to get the job done in two sets. "I think the beginning of the match wasn’t that great for me," Djokovic said after the win, as quoted on Metro UK.
"It was a close encounter until I broke his serve at 4-3 I think and managed to close out the first set. "Second set I started swinging through the ball a bit more and a little less hesitation from both corners. I was very pleased with how I played in the second set especially."
Djokovic looking forward to his next match
Schwartzman, who is ranked at No. 9 in the world, is making his first appearance at the prestigious season-ending event. "It was tough for Diego. This was his debut in the arena and he probably wasn’t playing his best in the closing moments of the first set and gave me some unforced errors that gave me a lead," Djokovic said.
"But it was a good opening match and I’m looking forward to the next challenge." Schwartzman, who is enjoying his best season on the Tour, dropped a big praise on 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic after the match.
"Well, everything is difficult against him. I think what he's doing when he is playing his best, he's moving the ball from everywhere to everywhere, you know, to every single point on court," Schwartzman said after facing Djokovic, as revealed by George Bellshaw.
"So it's very difficult to see or to know what he's going to do and trying to make good points, because he's moving the ball, he's doing defenses, he's doing winners. He has a lot of talent when he has the chance to move the ball.