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BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS at The O2 in London

                                     

                                    As at 17th November 2016

 

Novak Djokovic opened his Ivan Lendle round robin group match with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-2 victory against eighth seed Dominic Thiem in the opening match at the O2 on Sunday afternoon. The opening set lasted 76 minutes with Thiem taking it on the tie break 12-10. The second set lasted just 22 minutes with Thiem winning only 10 points. Djokovic dropped just two games in the third set to open his campaign with a victory.

 

On Monday afternoon Kei Nishikori comfortably defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-2,6-3 in his opening John McEnroe Group game inside 67 minutes. The Japanese player lost just 11 of his service points in the match. Wawrinka, however made 31 unforced errors. Nishikori, broke the Swiss Wawrinka in the fifth and seventh games in the opening set which lasted 29 minutes. In the second set Nishikori broke Wawrinka in the fifth game and served out for the match to open his campaign with a victory.

 

In the evening the current World Number 1 Andy Murray was in action. Murray opened his group campaign with a straight sets victory against Croation Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2. Murray, despite not playing at his best, won the opening set in 46 minutes. In the second set Murray broke twice in a run of five straight games to wrap up victory in an hour and a half. For Cilic, the wait for a first win at the O2 continues after the Croation suffered his fourth straight loss at the arena.

 

On Wednesday the current World number 1 Andy Murray had to dig deep to get past Kei Nishikori 6-7(11-9), 6-4,6-4 in a marathon match that lasted three hours and 21 minutes. The win maintained Murray's one hundred per cent record in the group. Murray, extended his winning streak to 21 matches. Nishikori, had to save three set points in the opening set before taking it on a tie break. Murray took the second set that lasted 53 minutes. Murray broke Nishikori in the third and fifth games of the third set before recording victory.

 

 

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