LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic won his third straight match at the ATP finals on Thursday, finishing group play undefeated for the fourth time in the past five years.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory in his men's singles match against David Goffin of Belgium on day five of the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
The second-ranked Serb, who still has a chance to finish the season as the No. 1-ranked player, beat David Goffin 6-1, 6-2 at the O2 Arena.
Goffin was making his debut at the season-ending tournament, filling in for the injured Gael Monfils against Djokovic.
The 11th-ranked Belgian didn’t get much chance, earning only one break point – and that in the final game of the match. Djokovic, meanwhile, converted four of his six break points, two in each set.
Djokovic had already qualified for the semifinals after winning his opening two matches. The second semifinal spot from the group will be decided later Thursday when Milos Raonic faces Dominic Thiem. The winner will advance.
Djokovic is a five-time champion at the tournament, which is for the top-eight players in the world. He has won 21 of his last 22 matches at the O2 since 2012, including four straight titles.
He also won the title in 2008, when the tournament was in Shanghai, so another victory on Sunday will give him a record-tying six championships – the same as Roger Federer.
Djokovic opened the match with two double-faults, but he didn’t do much wrong after that. He ended up winning 83 percent of the points on his first serve, even with four double-faults in the first set.
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