Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in 2 hours to secure his place in the finals of BNP Paribas Masters, Bercy, Paris 2013 where he will meet the defending champion David Ferrer who shocked every one by taking out the in-form Rafa Nadal in straight sets.
This was Federer & Djokovic's 30th meeting & Federer started in a more confident manner as Djokovic struggled during the 1st set.
Complete Dominance by Federer
Roger Federer had a great start to the 1st set. He broke Djokovic's service in the 3rd game to get to a 2-1 lead. Roger Federer looked in sparkling form in the first set, while Djokovic looked a bit out of sorts during the 1st set.
Federer had another break point in the 5th game, but Djokovic managed to save it.
Federer's service was flawless in the 1st set & he managed to save 4 break points with 2 of those coming in the 8th game & the other 2 coming in the 10th game as Federer was serving for the set at 5-4.
Federer served out the set in the 10th game winning 6-4 in 46 minutes.
Here are the first set stats ----
Federer's 1st serve % was an impressive 75% & he won 11 points out of 16 when he came to the net.
Also, Federer did the majority of the damage with his slice & topspin, here's a screenshot of how immaculate Federer's shots were in the 1st set
Federer's return % in the first set
Federer got the service break in the very 1st game & looked in complete control as Djokovic was looking down & out.
But, the Serbian got the break back in the very next game as Federer lost his service for the 1st time in the match & it was 1-all.
Momentum shifted in favor of Djokovic
Djokovic broke Federer once again in the 6th game to get to a 4-2 lead.
The Serbian then served out the set in the 9th game winning 6-3 in 39 minutes.
Here are the second set stats -----
Federer's 1st serve % fell to 50% & the result was obvious & also, he couldn't come to the net as often
Here's a quick comparison of the difference of Federer's backhand in the 1st set vis-a-vis the 2nd set
A quick look will tell you the difference between the results of the set & how much those slice backhand helped Federer in the 1st set
Novak Djokovic got in to his prime form in the 3rd set
Djokovic broke Federer's service in the 3rd game to get to a 2-1 lead. Djokovic had looked ordinary in the first set & a half. But, after winning the 2nd set, he had gained the upper hand.
Roger Federer could win only 1 point out of 9 serves on his second serve in the 3rd set.
The Serbian then broke the Swiss's service once again in the 7th game to get to a 5-2 lead.
The Serbian then served out the set in the 8th game to win the set 6-2 in 35 minutes.
Here are the overall match stats ----
Federer's 1st % stats remained 66%, largely because of the impressive 1st set stats
Here's a detailed match stats for you all ---------
Screenshot credit: Ben Rothenberg
This was Djokovic's 14th win over Federer & Federer now leads the head 16-14 vs Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic's chances of ending 2013 as year-end No.1 got a new life, after David Ferrer defeated Rafael Nadal in the 2nd semis. To read more about the 2013 year-end No. 1 click here.
Mean while, Roger Federer will start his campaign at World Tour Finals, 2013 against Novak Djokovic from Tuesday, read about the detailed schedule and group and the draw of Barclays ATP World Tour Finals right here.
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