Roger Federer outclasses Novak Djokovic to reach ATP semi-finals

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2019

Roared on by a raucous packed home at London's O2 Area, six-time champion Federer appeared within the groove from the beginning, cranking up the strain on Djokovic's serve and dropping simply three factors on his personal serve in the entire set. A running backhand pass gave him a break for 4-2 in the second set and he closed out the win in dominant fashion.

The 3rd seed, producing his 17th look at the ATP Finals, is into his 16th semi-final at the yr-conclude celebration.

"Great atmosphere, great opponent", said Federer, who hit 23 winners and made just five unforced errors. It was definitely incredibly special. I'm overjoyed I used to be ready to beat every this year, nonetheless they every must be ranked increased than me this year. "I saw Roger one-year play match similar to that against Rafa Nadal in the same building and didn't think you could play any better but after watching today, against someone that makes the court that small for you to hit, to be able to sustain that for two sets is awesome". Federer is scheduled to tour Bogota, Ecuador, Chile, and Mexico after finishing the ATP Finals in London. 'Didn't feel that manner because it used to be so close in Paris and in Wimbledon in opposition to him. I couldn't be more happy right now.

Djokovic seemed nervy at the begin of the winner-usually takes-all contest, double-faulting two times in the 3rd recreation, in which he was damaged to enjoy.

As cries of "Let us go Roger, let us go" rang all around the cavernous stadium, Federer was lifeless-eyed on his provide, hitting 8 aces, which includes a second-provide ace, in the initially established.

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Thiem didn't play anywhere near as well as in his victories over Federer and Djokovic but came from a break down to force a tiebreaker in the first set. The Swiss broke once more to close out victory.

In the 49th meeting between the two great rivals, Federer snapped a five-match losing run against Djokovic and gained some consolation for his heartbreaking Wimbledon final defeat.

'He was the better player in all aspects, ' said the Serb. ' He served great, moved great and returned my serve very well. "He did everything right".

After both men had been beaten by Dominic Thiem earlier in the group, their eagerly-anticipated duel was a straight shoot-out to join the Austrian in the semi-finals. Even allowing for his tight three set loss to Dominic Thiem, Djokovic looked as though he had the tenacity to go on forever, but earlier in the day had looked as though he was struggling with his elbow in practice.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has already qualified for the semi-finals from Group Andre Agassi, leaving Nadal, defending champion Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev to scrap it out for the other spot on Friday.

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