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ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Djokovic defeats Goffin to top Group Ivan Lendl; Bryans book semis spot

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In his last round robin match of Group Ivan Lendl, Novak Djokovic made short work of David Goffin winning 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour. The Belgian was the alternate for an injured Gael Monfils and his lack of experience with the surroundings was exposed by a rampant Djokovic. The World No.2 broke Goffin four times, won 84% of his first serve points and 62 points to Goffin’s 42 to complete the rout.

The Serb is attempting to finish as year end world no.1 for the 3rd year in a row and needs to finish the tournament better than Murray in order to do so; winning all three of his group matches certainly helps.

Earlier, in the doubles, 4 time former winners the Bryan brothers booked their semifinal spot by defeating Treat Huey & Max Mirnyi in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. The other semifinal spot from Group Fleming/McEnroe will be decided based on the outcome of the Murray / Soares vs Dodig / Melo contest. Dodig and Melo must win in straight sets and win atleast about double the games in order to qualify.

Djokovic was understandably pleased with the result of his match, displaying great intent to complete a win as soon as possible. He broke early to move ahead and never looked back cruising through to victory. “To be honest, I mean, I was glad to get that break at 2-1. I worked on my game. I knew what I had to do, in which way I can raise the level of performance, which I did today. I'm very glad that my game is going in the right direction. Today I felt the most comfortable, definitely, so far in the tournament.” It bodes well for his progress through the tournament and the Serb is definitely looking forward to the next stage.

Goffin understandably was less than fully prepared given that he was at the tournament as an alternate, “I didn't feel really well on the court. It was not easy. When you're not in the competition, you're just relax. You just practice a little bit, do some fitness. When you know just the evening before that you have to play, and you have to play against Novak, who won two matches already, and he's in the competition, so it was not easy”. He did try but clearly was overwhelmed by his opponent and the circumstances, “I tried to do my best. I didn't feel really well. I didn't feel the rhythm. My groundstrokes, my best weapons, were not there. It's not easy against Novak when it's like that.

The battle for the year end no.1 is high priority for the 5 time champion and he clearly wants to give it all to recapture his crown, “Everything has been going, as I said, in a positive direction. I've been playing better and better as I proceed in the tournament. I have now a day of rest. I'm looking forward really. It's the last couple matches of the year hopefully. One thing is for sure: I'm going to give it all on the court and see what happens”.

We’ll leave it to Goffin to sum up who he thinks will end up with the top ranking -  “Both are really playing well this week. Andy is in a good shape. He won a lot of matches. And Novak is playing really well. Of course, he won three matches this week. He looks really fit, really motivated to play his best tennis and to fight for the world No. 1. It's not easy to choose. I would say maybe Andy because he has the confident and he's playing at home in front of his fans. It could be a small difference”.

Final Scores:

N.Djokovic d D.Goffin 6-1, 6-2

B.Bryan/M.Bryan d T.Huey/M.Mirnyi 6-4, 6-4