LONDON, Nov 11 (IANS): World No.1 Novak Djokovic breezed past US Open champion Marin Cilic in his first Group A match at the ATP World Tour Finals while third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland also claimed a comfortable win over Czech Tomas Berdych here.
Djokovic, bidding to become year-end world No.1 and win the season finale for the third time in a row, recorded a 6-1, 6-1 win against the Finals debutant in 56 minutes Monday. It was his 58th match win of the season, reports Xinhua.
�Winning in straight sets helps a lot for the rest of the tournament,� said Djokovic, who has extended his indoor winning streak to 28 matches. �But I�m going to try to win every match I play.�
The 27-year-old Serb came through a 10-point second game, but never met any challenge thereafter.
�I felt that Novak played really, really solid,� said Cilic. �I felt a little bit uncomfortable on the court, rusty, I felt that I was not hitting it clean. That�s always difficult, especially against Novak, to get away with a win when you�re not playing so good.�
Wawrinka thrashed Czech Berdych with a identical scoreline in the Group A opener, needing just 58 minutes to beat the sixth seed.
�I didn�t expect to win that easy,� said Wawrinka. �But I was ready to play well. I had a great week of preparation. Even if the result wasn�t there in Basel and Paris, I was feeling the ball really well on the practice court.
�When I feel good on the court, I�m ready to beat everybody. It�s never easy, but you have to fight for it.�
Berdych, who has now lost his past five matches against Wawrinka, committed 20 unforced errors and hit three double faults.
�Unfortunately, it was my worst match of the whole season and I kept it for the start here,� said Berdych. �I didn�t really feel anything right. I can just keep fighting and try to play good tennis.�