ATP Finals: Brilliant Novak Djokovic thumps Kevin Anderson in straight sets

This was the ninth encounter between Novak and Kevin and the eighth straight win for the Serb who clinched his third triumph over the South African in 2018.

Anderson came to London as a debutant at the age of 32 and he fought well to pass the round robin stage and reach the semis where he couldnt do anything against the mighty rival, serving at only 55% and hitting only four aces! Without free points from his initial shot, Anderson stood no chance against the opponent who again did everything right on the court, serving well and keeping the pressure on the other side of the net with his outstanding return that previously toppled John Isner, Alenxader Zverev and Marin Cilic.

Djokovic stole half of the return points to create nine break points and he converted two in each set to control the scoreboard all the time and play with a lot of room in his games. As in the other matches this week, Novaks initial shot worked like a charm, losing seven points in eight service games and never facing a break point.

Djokovic finished the match with 18 winners and just 14 unforced errors, taming his shots beautifully and forcing Anderson to cover the entire court after sending him from one side to another, reducing the rival to just 12 winners and 27 mistakes, spraying them equally from both forehand and backhand.

The Serb had a clear 10-1 advantage in the longest points and he also stole the show in the mid-range and the shortest points up to four strokes, returning 82% of Andersons serve to take the strongest weapon away from his rival.

Novak broke in the very first game of the match when Kevins forehand landed long and he earned a couple of break points in game three as well, repelled from Anderson who got his name on the scoreboard. Another forehand error cost Kevin another break in game seven and Djokovic closed the set with a nice hold for a 6-2 after 39 minutes.

Things went from bad to worse for the South African, netting a backhand to drop serve at 15 at the start of the second set and Djokovic locked his win with a forehand winner in game five that sent him 6-2 4-1 up. Serving for the win, Novak held at love with a volley winner at 5-2 for another dominant performance and the place in the final where he will face Alexander Zverev whom he already beat in the round robin stage.

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