For Full Match Report, Click Here: Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer ATP Finals 2012 Game by Game Report
Novak Djokovic has taken the final trophy of the year, defeating Roger Federer in an enthralling encounter in the World Tour Finals. Djokovic was down a break in each set but would recover for a 7-6(6) 7-5 victory.
With the winner of the first set almost always winning the match in encounters between the two, the first set was vital and it was Federer who got off to an excellent start. A convincing love hold followed by a love break would see Federer win the first nine points of the match on his way to a quick 3-0 lead. Djokovic wasn’t quite at his best to begin with but once he broke back for 3-2 there was a feeling Federer would no longer be having it all his own way. After losing 3 straight games, Federer would stop the bleeding with a convincing hold but Djokovic would come right back at him, ending his own service game with an incredible angled forehand that Federer had no chance of retrieving.
A lengthy service game finally saw Djokovic take a break lead, but not before some tame returning on previous break points. Djokovic looked in control at 30-0 but a poor game from then on saw him broken after failing to convert a set point. Federer quickly held, and after a short delay to attend to Djokovic’s bleeding elbow after diving in the previous game, would be returning for a chance to take the set. He took a 0-30 lead but some clutch serving from Djokovic denied Federer a chance for a set point so it would be a tie break to decide the first set. Djokovic would hold a mini break multiple times in the set but be pulled back twice but converted his point on serve at 5-5 to get another set point. An extraordinary point saw Federer somehow save the set point, with a flicked forehand pass from behind him but Djokovic would get another chance after a terribly disappointing backhand. He would convert and move one set away from the title.
Much like the first set, Federer would start off strong and take advantage of a disappointing service game to get the early break at the fourth time of asking. And like the first, Federer would threaten in most service games but couldn’t get the vital double break that would surely see him through to the third. After saving a break point at 4-3 up with an excellently timed ace, it looked like he had weather the storm but Djokovic dug in and would recover from 40-15 and two set points down to break Federer who was now producing errors more often. He would consolidated the hold and force Federer to serve to stay in the match. The Swiss could not do so and more forehand errors finally led to match point, with Djokovic finishing off the tournament and year in fitting style with fantastic backhand pass to win the match and title.