Novak Djokovic overcame a break in each set to beat Switzerland Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 7-5, Monday, in the final of the ATP championship match.
This 29th confrontation-16-12 Federer before the meeting – has divided the top two players of the season remaining on two hits each, crowning the world no. 1. The Serb won his second tournament of the masters after his victory in 2008; his sixth title this year, equal to Federer, his 34th career despite began completely failed.
“I regret a little bit because I took the lead twice against him, admitted Federer. Ultimately, it does not change anything. You must reach the finish first in each set line, and then cross to the match. He was better than me today. An error by entering on the court bench has not decentralisation Federer. The Switzerland was successful in the first three games: nine points in a row, hit winners, ACEs and a break in service.
“It is certain that I was going to try to place my shots and not just give him the ball on a silver platter.” It is in this way that I play tennis, said Federer. If I commit 80 unforced errors, and I won the match, I don’t give a damn. I really care. Not to panic, Djokovic took then the too many unforced errors of the Switzerland to return to the score and run a Homeric set.
“This is not the first time that Roger knows a starting gun against me,” said Djokovic. I have already witnessed his aggressiveness, his way of wanting to dictate the pace of the exchanges. This is what it has been. »
The Serbian doubled long dies trying to tire his opponent who served a third meeting in as many days. At 4-4, he took to wear, the service of Federer at the end of a 10-minute game, but he was unable to convert a round ball in the next game. Djokovic barely decentralisation by a scratch to the elbow as a result of a useless dip on the wood of the O2 Arena, is obstinate in the tiebreaker. After a first magnificent rescue by Federer, it managed to take the first race in his third ball handle (8-6) after 1 h 12 combat.
The Switzerland should then achieve a first in his career, because he had never beaten Djokovic having sold the first set in eight games. In addition, he still pocketed the first set when his 16 victories. Moreover, in seven finals of Masters, he had never lost the first set.
Not discouraged by foreshadow statistics of defeat, the ex-no 1 global was able to break his opponent from the outset to take 2-0 lead. Solid on its game layouts, 76 tracks human yet cracked to 5-4 and let two opportunities to return to a set anywhere. The Serbian has understood that he had been the hardest to 5-5. Fresher physically, he added two new games to conclude the meeting on his first ball of the match.
“This is the best way to finish a match, by passing a passing, one of my favorite shots, said Djokovic.” There were other option except to try a passing, and I managed it. »
With five victories in the Masters, Djokovic left the rich capital of 1500 points more in the ATP rankings and 1 385 000 euros (US $1 760 000) more on his account Bank. A beautiful week. Djokovic was a second triumph at the tournament’s end-of-year gathering eight best snowshoes on Earth. He has also all won in 2008 in Shanghai.
Federer was trying to win the competition for the seventh time.