Djokovic closes on ATP Finals semis by thrashing Rublev

By: AFP      Published: 07:51 PM, 17 Nov, 2021
Djokovic closes on ATP Finals semis by thrashing Rublev
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Russia's Andrey Rublev during their first round singles match of the ATP Finals at the Pala Alpitour venue in Turin

Novak Djokovic moved to the brink of the last four at the ATP Finals with a comfortable victory over Andrey Rublev in Turin on Wednesday.

The world number one, bidding to equal Roger Federer's record of six titles at the season-ending event, brushed aside fifth seed Rublev 6-3, 6-2.

Djokovic will be sure of his place in the semi-finals if Norway's Casper Ruud beats British alternate Cameron Norrie later in the day.

The 34-year-old Djokovic is looking to cap off a remarkable year which saw him only just miss out on completing a calendar Grand Slam with defeat by Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

He sits top of the Green Group and plays Norrie in his last round-robin match on Friday.

AFP

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