Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic
GAME SET AND MATCH NOVAK DJOKOVIC 7-6(6) 7-5
6-7 5-7 BREAK DJOKOVIC – An error strewn game from Federer sees him not even able to make a tie break. The forehand let him down late on and another wide gave Djokovic match point, he converts in style with an extraordinary backhand passing shot to take the World Tour Finals title.
6-7 5-6 – A slightly nervy service game from Djokovic as he is pegged back from 30-0 to 30-30 but he manages to remain calm and hold on. Federer must serve to stay in the match now.
6-7 5-5 BREAK DJOKOVIC Djokovic finally breaks back after saving two set points! Two cheap points on Federer’s serve help him on his way to two set points and 40-15 but back to back forehand errors give Djokovic a sniff on return and a third gives him a break point. Djokovic is fired up and now and forces the error with some punishing forehands to get back on serve.
6-7 5-4 – Federer will have to serve it out after Djokovic runs off another easy hold, again to 15. Federer shows off a perfectly executed drop shot at 40-0 but Djokovic converts on the next point.
6-7 5-3 – Federer is finally troubled on serve but fights off a break point to hold. A double fault at 15-15 left him in some trouble but he recovers to 30-30, only to mishit on the next point. A massive ace wipes it out. After a netcord left the ball at Djokovic’s mercy, he goes for too much on the forehand and wildly hits wide with a break point seeming a certainty. Federer fails to convert one game point but the second is won when Djokovic cannot control his forehand down the line which goes well long.
6-7 4-3 – The set continues to go at a rapid pace with Djokovic holding to 15, finishing the game off with a overhead putaway. After some lengthy service games, Djokovic will be relieved to have ended this quickly.
6-7 4-2 – A quick hold is just what Federer gets. He double faults (his first of the match) at 30-0 but is in little trouble as he completes the hold to 15 as the Djokovic return goes long.
6-7 3-2 – Djokovic throws in another poor service game and is fortunate to come away with the hold. He sees 30-0 and 40-30 leads go away and even gives up a break point, but it’s the same old story with a Federer error erasing the chance. Djokovic takes the game on his second game point and keeps within one game of Federer to pile the pressure back on. Currently in the set, Federer has played just 13 points while Djokovic has played 33 points on serve – quick holds will be vital for Federer.
6-7 3-1 – Federer holds, although it is slightly uncomfortable at 30-30 second serve, but he wins the point with a delicate volley at the net. A forehand long sees the game point go away but he gets a second opportunity and serves his seventh ace of the match to hold.
6-7 2-1 – Djokovic gets on the scoreboard in the second set with a similarly comfortable hold. You get the feeling Federer needs a double break to be comfortable here, given how Djokovic improved as the first set went on.
6-7 2-0 – After a lengthy game, a quick hold is vital for Federer and he gets it – recovering from 0-15 to do so despite only getting one first serve in out of five.
6-7 1-0 – BREAK FEDERER Not the greatest of service games from Djokovic and he is punished for it with the break. Djokovic is there for the taking but errors on two break points from Federer let him off the hook as he eventually gets to game point – but multiple are saved. Djokovic then goes wide and gives Federer another opportunity to break, but much like the first two a needless error sees the break point go very quickly. On break point four, Federer plays a much better point and eventually forces the error from Djokovic for the break.
6-8 SET DJOKOVIC – Serve sets up the easy put away for Djokovic who takes the tiebreak 8-6 for the first set
6-7 – Not such an attractive point, with an awful backhand from Federer going wide and it is set point on the Djokovic serve
6-6 – An extraordinary point from both players, Federer somehow gets the drop volley over the net but Djokovic retrieves it excellently and places it behind Federer who somehow passes Djokovic on the turn!
5-6 – Djokovic forces Federer deep and happily sees his defensive lob go out of play
5-5 – Federer isn’t quite finished yet and gets the mini break straight back, taking advantage of Djokovic feeding it him short
4-5 – Federer shanks the backhand and Djokovic has 2 points to serve this out
4-4 – Federer wrong foots Djokovic and he can do little but see his backhand go way long
3-4 – A loose cross court forehand goes wide from Federer as Djokovic takes the advantage once more
3-3 – The forehand down the line is on for Federer but it clips the net and reacts unfavourably for the Swiss
3-2 – Federer delivers an unreturnable and takes the lead for the first time
2-2 – Djokovic’s forehand down the line goes just long
1-2 – Federer gets the minibreak back with the backhand down the line
0-2 – Federer’s forehand lets him down as he hits long
0-1 – Djokovic opens with a mini break after another backhand error from Federer
Federer serves first
6-6 – Federer gets himself to 0-30 but cannot convert as Djokovic brings out some clutch serving. A great retrieval and flick cross court and then an error from Djokovic had got him into a great position but failure to return from then on punished him and it will be a first set tie break.
6-5 – With Federer, it has either been one of his quickfire holds or long drawn out affairs so far. Fortunately for him, this time round it is the former as he sees himself earn at least a tie break with a hold to 15. Ace number 6 confirms the hold. After the game, Djokovic calls for the trainer to attend to his bleeding elbow after diving for a Federer forehand at 30-15.
5-5 – BREAK FEDERER – An entirely unexpected break back from Federer who manages to hang in in the set. From 30-0, two sloppy errors leave Djokovic in a precarious position at 30-30 but gets his first set point of the set. He fails to convert and eventually Federer sees his first break point since the second game of the match. Djokovic nets and we are back on serve!
4-5 – BREAK DJOKOVIC Not Federer’s most convincing service game as the errors begin to mount up, eventually seeing him broken . After failing to take game point he finds himself down 40-A, and delivers a phenomenal second serve under the circumstances which Djokovic cannot get back – the first second serve he has failed to return in the match. He blows a few more game points before giving up another break point, but once more Djokovic cannot get the return in play. On the stretch, Djokovic somehow passes Federer for break point #3. This time he gets the return in play and Federer gifts the break with a forehand into the net. Djokovic will now serve for the set.
4-4 – Djokovic drops the opening point of his serve again but is never in real danger of being broken, eventually holding to 30. After putting a forehand down the line just wide, he wins the next three points to get to 40-15. The first is lost with a backhand error but he makes no mistake with the second, giving Federer no chance with an incredible angled cross court forehand
4-3 – Federer stops the bleeding and moves in front once more with an easy hold to 15. His third and fourth aces of the match help him on his way to three game points, the second of which is taken with an inside out forehand into the open court.
3-3 – Djokovic holds but once again it doesn’t come easy as he is taken to deuce one more. Federer opens the game up with a punishing backhand down the line, which he has struggled with so far. Federer saves a game point at 40-30 but at the second time of asking is pushed wide and the cross court forehand doesn’t have enough on it to get over the net.
3-2 BREAK DJOKOVIC – Federer struggles to get his serve in in this game, getting just one of six first serves in and is punished for it as Djokovic begins to up the tempo. Djokovic is forcing the Swiss onto his backhand more and more and drawing errors from it, the last of which sees Djokovic get back on serve with a break to 30.
3-1 – Djokovic finally gets on the scoreboard but is made to work very hard for it. He goes down 0-15 after another vicious forehand from Federer but recovers to get himself two game points. Both of these are saved, the second with an excellent topspin forehand that has been working well so far for Federer. The backhand begins to let Federer down, twice at deuce and the second time Djokovic converts on game point with a venomous forehand down the line for a clean winner.
3-0 – Djokovic finally stops the run at nine points as Federer puts a cross court forehand wide but he still cannot make a break through as the Swiss holds to 30. At 40-15, Djokovic cannot get a return back in play but challenges the call on the serve to see the point overturned. The replay sees one game point saved but Federer takes the second with a forehand into the open court, set up by an excellent wide serve that left Djokovic helpless.
2-0 – BREAK FEDERER An awful service game sees Djokovic broken to love, making it eight points in a row so far. A double fault kicks off the service game and he goes 0-30 down after being left helpless at the net as Federer hits the pass. Errors wide and long finish off the service game. In all four of their encounters this year, the player who has won the first set has gone on to win the match so this early break could be key.
1-0 – A great start for Federer who holds to love. Two aces and an returnable see him to three game points and the first is taken with an easy volley put away at the net.
Roger Federer wins the toss and elects to serve.
Live Commentary of the final match between Djokovic and Federer from the ATP World Tour Finals 2012 will commence here on Monday at 8pm London (UK) time.
Djokovic booked his place in the final by beating Argentine Del Potro, coming back from a set down to eventually prevail 4-6 6-3 6-2.
6 time champion Federer advanced into the final after defeating Olympic and 2012 US Open champion Murray in straight sets 7-6 (5) 6-2.
The Swiss leads the head to head against the Serb with 16-12, having beaten Djokovic in their last encounter in the 2012 Cincinnati final.