Almost a walk in the park. For his debut in this Masters 2020 edition, Novak Djokovic disgusted Diego Schwartzman in two quick heats (6-3, 6-2), Monday in London. Powerless against the mastery of the Serbian, the Argentinian simply did not have the blows to worry that Djoko. Thanks to this ideal introduction, the Serbian quietly takes the lead of group 1.
On paper, the confrontation seemed the most unbalanced of the group stages of this Masters tournament, between a five-time winner Novak Djokovic here, and a Diego Schwartzman uncomfortable on fast surfaces. But “El Peque” made an illusion for a few games. The Argentine, qualified for his very first Masters, broke the first in the third game of the game.
Huge surprise to come? No, just a false alarm: the world No. 1 got back together immediately and was never again worried about his commitments. Faced with a Schwartzman far from his line, the Serbian then dictated the tempo. In rhythm, as he likes, the ATP boss showed why he was so strong on this surface by doing everything better than his opponent, cutting lines and taking the ball very early. And above all, by relying on a very efficient service.
Conversely, Diego Schwartzman’s power deficit seemed screaming on the indoor of the O2 Arena. Constantly attacked on his second balls, the Argentine has spent all his service games under the constant threat of his opponent.
Djokovic, without trembling, rushed towards his 37th victory in the ATP Finals. Sure of his game, in control, the Belgrade native made a very clean copy. The implacable Serbian machine has never derailed, even if it will be necessary to wait for a confrontation against a player more comfortable indoors to get a real idea of his level. But for his 13th participation in the Masters tournament, Novak Djokovic sent the message: this year again, it will be necessary to be damn strong to make him waver on the courts of the O2 Arena.