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ATP finals: Djokovic demolishes Anderson

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The South African has no answer to the Serb’s weapons

Novak Djokovic produced a masterclass to beat Kevin Anderson on Saturday and set up a title decider with Alexander Zverev in the ATP Finals.

World No. 1 Djokovic comfortably saw off the South African fourth seed 6-2, 6-2, the Serb never looking even remotely troubled as he targeted a record-equalling sixth end-of-season title at London’s O2 Arena.

Anderson came into the contest knowing his serve had to fire on all cylinders if he was to stand any chance against Djokovic — one of the best returners in the game. But the giant South African landed just 48% of first serves in the first set and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing his opponent, breaking in the first game and repeating the feat before serving out the set.

Hitting the ball with mesmeric accuracy, Djokovic broke his fading opponent at the start of the second set and again in the fifth game to underline his total domination.

His serving numbers are even more phenomenal than his returns — he has not been broken even once in four matches here and has faced just two break points.

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