| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Novak Djokovic kicked off his campaign with a resounding 6-3, 6-2 win over Schwartzman, marking the 12th straight time that he has won his opening round-robin match at the end-of-year championships.
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The Nitto ATP finals continued on Monday as the world’s top ranked player Novak Djokovic took on Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Djokovic kicked off his campaign with a resounding 6-3, 6-2 win over Schwartzman, marking the 12th straight time that he has won his opening round-robin match at the end-of-year championships.

“The beginning of the match wasn’t that great for me. He broke my serve in the third game and I managed to break [back],” said Djokovic. “It was a close encounter until I broke his serveat 4-3 and managed to close out the first set. In the second set, I started swinging through the ball a little more with a bit less hesitation from both corners. I was very pleased with the way I played, especially in the second set.”

Prior to Djokovic’s victory, Marcel Granollers and Hector Zeballos won 7-6(2), 7-5 against John Peers and Michael Venus.   

On Sunday, U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem opened up singles play in the finals with a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Rafael Nadal of Spain defeated Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles play, Wesley Koolhoff and Nikola Mektic defeated Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 10-7, and Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury won 7-5, 3-6, 10-5 over Lukasz Kabot and Marcelo Melo.