The world primary, bidding to equal Roger Federer’s report of six titles on the season-ending occasion, brushed apart fifth seed Rublev 6-3, 6-2 to safe his fiftieth match win of the yr.
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Djokovic, due to successive straight-sets victories, has wrapped up high spot within the Inexperienced Group.
“I served effectively (and) that helped tremendously,” Djokovic mentioned. “I wished to place him out of his consolation zone, taking away the time and blend up the tempo. It was an amazing efficiency total.”
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Norway’s Casper Ruud overcame British alternate Cameron Norrie 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 within the evening match to maintain alive his probabilities of reaching the final 4.
The 34-year-old Djokovic is trying to cap off a outstanding yr which noticed him solely simply miss out on finishing a calendar Grand Slam with defeat by Daniil Medvedev within the US Open last.
He performs Norrie in his final round-robin match on Friday.
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A rematch with second-ranked Medvedev within the last in Italy continues to be a chance, with the Russian reigning champion sitting high of the Crimson Group.
Djokovic is bidding for back-to-back titles after returning to motion earlier this month with success within the Paris Masters, beating Medvedev within the last.
The Serb has not received the ATP Finals since 2015, shedding finals in 2016 and 2018 to Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev respectively, whereas additionally falling in an epic last-four conflict with Dominic Thiem final yr.
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The 20-time Grand Slam champion was far too sturdy for Rublev, although, serving 14 aces and hitting 19 winners previous his overpowered opponent.
He broke twice in every set of a match which lasted simply 69 minutes.
“Profitable the primary set, I put further stress on him, and I began to perhaps play extra persistently from the again of the court docket,” Djokovic added.
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Earlier, Norrie changed Stefanos Tsitsipas within the draw after the Greek star pulled out with an elbow harm.
The world quantity 4 had refused to touch upon the issue after his opening loss to Rublev, however admitted on Wednesday the harm which compelled him to retire from his first match in Paris was nonetheless hampering him.
“I’ve taken the very tough resolution to retire from the 2021 Finals as a result of my elbow harm, which has been bothering me for a few weeks now,” Tsitsipas mentioned.
“It is a very tough resolution from my aspect.”
Djokovic’s win left Norrie with an outdoor probability of constructing the semis regardless of enjoying a match fewer than his rivals.
The Briton stormed by way of the opening set towards Ruud, however the Norwegian levelled after breaking for a 5-3 lead within the second set.
Ruud claimed the decisive break in sport 5 of the decider to earn his first win on the occasion. He’ll tackle Rublev subsequent with a semi-final place at stake.