Blink and you miss it as Djokovic and Wawrinka enjoy romps

Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:39pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Woe betide any ticket holder who got stuck in the queue for an ice cream at the O2 Arena on Monday -- the action might have been all over by the time they returned to their pricey seat.

Stanislas Wawrinka pummeled Tomas Berdych 6-1 6-1 in 58 minutes, then the evening's main course turned into fast food as world number one Novak Djokovic needed two minutes less to send newcomer Marin Cilic packing.

Defending champion Djokovic, who also won 6-1 6-1, can clinch the year-end number one ranking if he wins his next two Group A matches and few would bet against the Serb doing that.

As for Berdych and Cilic, they have a day to lick their wounds before meeting on Wednesday in a match both must win to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.

Monday's singles were the most one-sided contests since the Tour Finals arrived in London in 2009 when eight of the 12 round-robin matches went to three sets.

None of the four singles matches so far have gone the distance and organizers and fans alike will be hoping for some excitement in the days to come.

Djokovic extended his winning streak indoors to 28 matches with a clinical demolition of U.S. Open champion Cilic, one of three debutants at the season-ender.

Cilic won the first five points but what happened next was painful viewing for fans of the 26-year-old, including the Croatian soccer team who arrived during the first set to cheer their man.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his tennis match against Marin Cilic of Croatia at the ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth