Roger Federer defeated Jack Sock in straight sets on the opening day of ATP World Tour Finals. The Swiss legend opened his account with an easy win as he hope to win ATP Finals for the seventh time.
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The 36-year-old started impressively as he broke Sock’s serve early in the first set. Jack Sock never looked like causing a trouble, however, he managed to pick his game up and fight hard in the second set. The set was ultimately decided on the tie-breaker.
Federer has played four times against Jack Sock and leads the chart 4-0 in head-to-head. However, first time Sock managed to get the set to tie-breaker. However, pressure was on Jack Sock as he handed a simple match point to Federer after a double fault. The final scores were 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
“I got off to a great start, my big hope was I was going to be able to play a bit more freely after that,” said Federer.
“The second set was tight, I missed some opportunities, the breaker could have gone either way and in the end he helped me with some double faults and some mistakes.
“I’m really happy that I got through somehow.”
Federer has won the ATP finals six times whereas his last win came 6 years ago in 2011. However, he is favorite to win the title and add another one to his excellent CV and a lovely comeback year.
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal just got the trophy for world number one on the same court. He too had a spectacular year and will be hoping to win his first ever ATP Finals title. Roger Federer, even if he wins ATP Finals, will end the year as world number 2.
Zverev wins against Cilic:
On the other hand, Alexandra Zverev beats Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in second round robin match. Both players were 1 set down, and the third set began with Marin Cilic in full command. He was soon 3-1 in the final set and looked all set to clinch the match. However, Zverev, who has won two masters titles this year, managed to turn the tide and win 5 games out of next 6.
“For the most part of the second and third sets he was the better player, I was just happy to come back and get the win,” said Zverev.
Monday will see players from Pete Sampras group in action. Dominic Thiem will take on Grigor Dimitrov followed by Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin on Monday.