The world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and the Italian Jannik Sinner won their opening matches in the green group at the ATP Finals in Turin. Djokovic needed more than three hours to win 7:6 (7:4), 6:7 (1:7), 6:3 against Boris Becker’s protégé Holger Rune (Denmark). Sinner easily beat Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 6:4, 6:4.
In the first set, a break was enough for Sinner to make it 3-2 to win the set. After 40 minutes he used the second set ball to take the lead 1-0. In the second set, the Italian managed to break straight to 1-0, Tsitsipas was unable to counter, and so Sinner won this set 6-4.
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The two best placed teams from each of the two groups of four qualify for the semi-finals. Alexander Zverev, who won the tournament in 2018 and 2021, belongs to the red group and starts the tournament on Monday (2.30 p.m./Sky) against Wimbledon winner Carlos Alcaraz (Spain). Daniil Medvedev and Andrei Rublew then play against each other.
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