Novak Djokovic defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-0 in 65 minutes for his second round-robin win in Group A at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday.
Novak was broken in the very first game and fell 0-2 behind when Wawrinka consolidated the break. That was all the Swiss managed to do, as the top seed stormed through the rest of the match, taking 12 of the next 13 games.
“I played a great match, no question about it,” Novak said. “The opening two or three games were quite long and he started really well, but I managed to get back. I swung through my shots and he made a lot of unforced errors. He wasn’t close to his best and I succeeded very well with what I wanted to do. I thought he played very well the first two games. But, again, I wasn’t frustrated. I kept my calm. After that, it was a really amazing performance.”
“I definitely didn’t expect it, but hoped that I can play this way again and the match result can go this way for me,” said Djokovic. “Obviously Stan wasn’t feeling his best today, made a lot of unforced errors and had a low percentage of first serves in. On my side, I just played very solid from all over the court. I think I covered the court very well, got a lot of balls back, mixed up the pace, got him off the comfort zone. That’s something that was part of my game plan.
“After I lost the first two games, obviously I didn’t start so great. I thought he played very well the first two games. But, again, I wasn’t frustrated. I kept my calm. After that, it was a really amazing performance.”
“It was not my best match, that’s for sure,” said Wawrinka. “He’s playing really well. He’s [has] confidence. He’s not missing much. Today I think it was more about what I was doing. He put me in a position that I think a little bit too much. I was not really clear what I’m going to do, because he’s doing everything well and he’s returning well.”
Novak remains top of Group A ahead of his final round-robin match against no.6 seed Tomas Berdych at The O2 in London on Friday (14.00 local time / 15.00 CET).