World no. 1 Novak Djokovic has been a player to beat so far at the ATP Finals in Turin. The Serb scored three straight-sets victories in the round-robin stage to advance into the tenth semi-final at this event and become the fourth player to achieve that after Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
After beating Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev, Novak took down an alternate Cameron Norrie 6-2, 6-1 in 66 minutes to wrap up the robin-robin stage in style and set the semi-final clash against Alexander Zverev on Saturday. Djokovic claimed all three round-robin wins for the sixth time (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018) and will hope for more against world no.
3 on Saturday. Norrie stood no chance against the world's leading player, taking only 33 points and barely staying on the court for an hour.
Novak Djokovic is three from three at the ATP Finals so far.
Novak lost nine points behind the initial shot, fending off the only break point he faced and delivering five breaks from ten opportunities earned from 53% of the return points won.
Djokovic had the advantage in the shortest and more extended exchanges, taming his strokes nicely and controlling the pace from start to finish. The Serb grabbed an extended rally in the opening game to score an early break and held with an ace for a 2-0 advantage.
A left-hander seized the third game to get his name on the scoreboard before Djokovic closed the next one with a service winner. Novak broke at love in the fifth game to extend the lead and held in 69 seconds to open a 5-1 gap.
The Briton claimed the seventh game at love with a service winner, and the Serb wrapped up the set with an ace down the T line in the next one for 6-2 in 28 minutes. Djokovic broke at the beginning of the second set and saved that lone break point in game two to keep the serve intact.
Novak grabbed the fourth game with a volley winner and converted the third break chance in the next one to move 4-1 in front. Rushing towards the finish line, Djokovic brought the sixth game home with a volley winner and broke with another a few minutes later to finish his round-robin duties on a high note.