Djokovic and Federer stroll to easy wins
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic looked unstoppable when trouncing Kei Nishikori but for sheer swagger Roger Federer remains unrivalled as he demonstrated again when dismantling Tomas Berdych as the ATP World Tour Finals began on Sunday.
World number one Djokovic extended his latest winning sequence to 23 with a 6-1 6-1 hammering of world number eight Nishikori who was powerless to stop the rampant Serb.
Far from easing up with the finish of his best ever year a week away, Djokovic clearly wants to lay down a marker for next year's assault on the top silverware and showed Nishikori no mercy.
"No question, it felt like the best tennis I played this year," the 28-year-old, aiming for a fourth consecutive title at the O2 Arena, told reporters.
"I was at my best and it was an incredible performance."
Djokovic and Nishikori had stood heads bowed before their match to respect a minute's silence in a darkened arena for the victims of Friday's Paris attacks.
Following his immaculate performance he was presented with a trophy for the year-end number one ranking he has achieved for the fourth time in five seasons.
Home fans were given some early excitement when Jamie Murray, older brother of Andy, marked his debut at the tournament when he and Australian partner John Peers beat Italian duo Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli in a thriller. Continued...