Novak Djokovic prepared for the semifinals on Saturday against Sascha Zverev at the ATP Finals with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of the British number one Cameron Norrie.
Since Djokovic was already in the last four and Norrie was eliminated as a second-choice substitute after entering the tournament late, only pride was at stake for both players.
The world number one started strong, breaking Norrie in the first game of the opening set. This gave Djokovic a platform to take a 4-1 lead after just 18 minutes when he broke the double.
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Djokovic continued to play at a high level, taking 92% of the points on his first serve and winning the first set 6-2 in just 29 minutes to leave a lot of work to Norrie.
Norrie was broken for the second time in the first game of the set when Djokovic asserted his dominance. A double break brought the 34-year-old 4-1 lead and Djokovic broke out in the second set for the third time 6: 2, 6: 1.
In the semifinals of the ATP finals on Saturday, Djokovic will meet Zverev and US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev will meet tournament debutant Casper Ruud in the other game.
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