ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem beats Roger Federer on opening night in London

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Novak Djokovic began his quest for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title and sixth year-end number one spot on Sunday with an imperious 6-2, 6-1 victory against Italy´s Matteo Berrettini.

This will be the first time that Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic will be playing each other at an ATP event.

Novak Djokovic flew out of the traps at the ATP Finals but Roger Federer's return to London fell flat.

Having not dropped a point in the opening game, the 32-year-old forced Berrettini to deuce on his first serve before two breaks handed him the set.

"I understand why there is so much support for Roger", said Djokovic of the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

His only blemish was when serving at 4-0 in the second set, gifting Berrettini a break with a couple of errors, but normal service was quickly resumed as he finished things off in little more than an hour with an easy forehand.

Thiem, beaten by Federer in the group stage a year ago, upped the power in the second set to keep Federer under pressure and unable to dictate and pounced again to break at 5-5.

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Thiem served and returned superbly, improving his record against Federer to five victories and two defeats as he bids to end a fruitful 2019 by claiming a sixth title of the year.

World number two Djokovic can overtake Nadal to become year-end number one this week in London but must reach the final to stand a chance.

The second-seed Serb, who has been drawn in the Bjorn Borg Group, needed just 64 minutes to beat his less experienced opponent.

"It was a great performance and special to get my first win in an opening group match in the Finals", Thiem said. "Earlier this year I had a great stay in London, and over the years I've played well in this arena". The eight finalists are: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini.

The Spaniard, who has never won the ATP Finals despite his trophy-laden career, dethroned Djokovic from the top of the rankings this week.

The tournament, featuring the year's best eight players, is contested in a round-robin format with the best four players and doubles teams reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.

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