Novak Djokovic initially had to fight harder than expected against carefree newcomer Casper Ruud. The 22-year-old Norwegian, who holds 5 titles this year alongside Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, played the top mark on the ATP Tour, rudely and aggressively and capturing the favorite with a cool respite.
The longer the match, the stronger Djokovic
But Djokovic, who will finish the tennis year for the seventh time in world number one, quickly adapted to it. An open exchange of blows developed, but after a missed tiebreak, Rudd was forced to give up.
So the Serbian did not show more trouble in the second round and eventually triumphed confidently with 7:6 (7:4), 6:2. Thus Djokovic confirmed that he was ready to hit the bull’s eye: in his 14th appearance, he won his first match for the 13th time, Only in his debut in 2007 did he start the tournament with a defeat. The other two players in the green group, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andre Robleu, will battle it out at 9:05 p.m. (Live on SRF Info).
SRF Zwei, sportlive, November 15, 2021, 2:05 p.m. BAM / agencies
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