Roger Federer is through to the last four of the ATP Finals for the 16th time after a dominant 6-4 6-3 win over Novak Djokovic. The 38-year-old with an emphatic performance avenged for the tough loss in the Wimbledon final back in July. It is also his first win over the Serbian in four years which also came at the Round Robin stage in London.
It was a straight shoot-out contest which the winner automatically earns the second qualifying spot from Group Bjorn Borg into the semifinal. Willed on by majority inside the O2 Arena, Federer produced one of his most aggressive performances to end the five-match losing streak against Djokovic.
“Tonight, the rhythm was there. I was hitting the spots, especially when I had to, and was able to be extremely clear with the game plan and it showed in the end with the result” – the Swiss maestro commented in a post-match interview with ESPN.
A powerful cross-court backhand did damage on Djokovic to earn Federer an early break for 2-1. It was a near-perfect set which would see the six-time champion seal the opener with 84 percent (16 of 19) points won on first serve, 100 percent (4 of 4) on second serves, 8 aces., 12 winners and only 1 unforced error.
Djokovic tried to work his way back after saving two break points in the opening game of the second set. It looked as though momentum was shifting towards the World No.2 as he had solid holds on serve and increased aggression in service returns. It earned him a break opportunity in the 4th game but Federer staved off the threat with a gutsy forehand shot.
Federer took his chance to once again strike on a poor Djokovic service to break for 3-2 lead. There will no further twist this time for the Swiss as the case at SW19. Federer wrapped up the match with a love break after a decent return had Djokovic sending a loose forehand into the net.
With Djokovic out of the tournament, Rafael Nadal seals the battle for the year-end No.1 ranking no matter how far he goes in London this week. The Spaniard’s final round robin match is against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. The other match in Group Andre Agassi has Alexander Zverev taking on Daniil Medvedev.