Djokovic eases to victory over Wawrinka in ATP Tour Finals
London, November 13
Novak Djokovic made it two wins from two at the ATP World Tour Finals, crushing Stan Wawrinka 6-3 6-0 at the O2 Arena. The top seed – seeking to win the end-of-season tournament for a third year in a row – improved his head-to-head record against the Swiss to 16-3, while also gaining a modicum of revenge for his defeat to the same opponent at this year’s Australian Open.
Astonishingly Wawrinka began the battle between the two unbeaten players in Group A by breaking serve, then quickly consolidated the early success to move 2-0 ahead against the world No 1.
However, from then on he was simply blown away by Djokovic, winning just one more game and only mustering seven points in total in a ridiculously one-sided second set.
Djokovic has now dropped just five games in total in London this year, having already thrashed Marin Cilic 6-1 6-1 in his opening outing.
Wawrinka had posted a comprehensive win of his own though, thrashing Tomas Berdych on Monday afternoon, and it seemed he might give the reigning champion a serious run for his money when he broke at the third opportunity in the first game.
A searing forehand winner helped him double his advantage, though that just seemed to anger Djokovic to fire back – and how.
The Serbian won the next five games on the spin, not even a change of racket helping Wawrinka bring about a change of fortune as he had no answer to what was coming his way.
Djokovic sealed the first set at the second attempt and then systematically destroyed his rival in the next to not only put one foot in the semi-finals but also move a step closer to ending the year at the head of the rankings. It was also his 29th successive win indoors, leaving him need to take just a set off Berdych to qualify.