This was not the first time Djokovic played against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and similar to their Roland Garros match earlier this year, the Spaniard created some minor problems but couldn't really defeat the world number one.
Less than a week after beating Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, Djokovic played a tennis match, and it was a good one. Not spectacular, not his best, but good enough to win it, which was the goal.
Serbia had a chance to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the Davis Cup Finals with a win today, and they did it. Laslo Djere downed Albert Ramos in the first match, with Djokovic now delivering the second point.
It opened as a close battle between the players, though Djokovic quickly found solutions as he warmed up. Davidovich Fokina is a tremendous player but really struggled against consistent cyborgs like Djokovic.
He tries to overhit, and it just doesn't work. It certainly didn't in the opening set, as he had 17 unforced errors and ten winners. Those numbers must be much closer if he hopes to beat players like Djokovic. He did better in the second set, up 4-1 early.
Djokovic misfired a bit more in this set but still composed himself enough to break back and make it 4-4. He then made it 5-4 as the Spaniard completely collapsed. It was neither shocking nor surprising, and Djokovic was fully ready for it.
He cruised to the finish line ending the second set on a 5-0 run. The final score was 6-3 6-4 for Djokovic, who gets the job done. We'll see if he opts to play against the Czech Republic tomorrow, as it's not really needed.