Djokovic beats Del Potro to play for ATP Finals 2012 title

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Novak Djokovic came through a hard fought match with Juan Martin Del Potro to make the final of the World Tour Finals in London. Djokovic needed 2hr12 mins to defeat his Argentinian opponent in three sets 4-6 6-3 6-2 and will face the winner of the Federer vs  Murray match in tomorrow’s final.

Djokovic had started in great form and it looked like it would be a matter of time before the Serbian broke his opponent. However, after saving two break points in his first service game, it would be Del Potro who posed the threat of a break in the first set. After Djokovic had fluffed an overhead completely to give the Argentinian a break point, he would be fortunate to see Del Potro net a forehand down the line. He would not be so lucky serving at 4-4, as the trademark forehand was firing at this stage and it would force the error that saw Del Potro get the opportunity to serve out the set. He would do so comfortably, holding to love and was the better player for much of the late part of the set.

Del Potro had the opportunity to break in the opening game of the second set with the help of some exquisite lobs but saw three chances pass him by. He would get another chance in the next service game, and would make no mistake this time round coming out on top in a tremendous 33 shot rally. Unfortunately for the Argentinian, he would not be able to hold on and consolidate next time round. Three break chances were saved, but the fourth would be taken when Del Potro netted as the errors began to crop up more and more in his game. While his level of play had dropped a little, the forehand was still firing as a 103mph clean winner helped him on his way to tying it up at 3-3.

That would be all for Del Potro in the second set though, as Djokovic took the next three games on his way to forcing a deciding set. A sloppy return game allowed Del Potro to get on the board in the third set first but there would be little else to shout about for him in the decider. From holding for 1-1, he ran off a run of 10 straight points including a love break on the Del Potro serve. He would manage to stay in touch for a while, but the key break came at 4-2 as Djokovic ensured he would have the chance to serve out the match twice if needed. It wouldn’t be though, as a love hold sealed the victory with Del Potro not getting one serve back in play on the final service game.

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