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Match report, pics and video highlights of Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic, ATP World Tour Finals 2013

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#1 Vibhuism

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:34 AM

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer for the 2nd time in 4 days 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2 to kick start his title defense of Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

 

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Novak Djokovic kept his chances of ending 2013 as Year-end #1 alive for at least one more day. How ever, if Rafa Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday or Tomas Berdych on Friday, he will ensure 2013 year-end World No. 1 ranking.

 

 

 

1st Set

 

 

The first 8 games went on serve. Federer had the first chance to break, but couldn't convert the break point in the 9th game. Djokovic then broke Federer's service to win the 1st set 6-4 in 37 minutes.

 

 

 

Here are the first set stats

 

 

 

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Federer's 1st serve % stood at 63%, but, how ever 8 winners to 15 Unforced Errors compared to Djokovic's 6 winners & 7 U.E.'s was the main reason, Djokovic won the first set

 

 

2nd Set

 

 

The second set was an absolute roller coaster ride for both. Federer got the 1st break in the 5th game, Djokovic broke back immediately to level it 3-all.

 

Federer then again broke Djokovic's service in the 7th game, then managed to hold on to get to a 5-3 lead.

 

Federer while serving for the set in the 10th game at 5-4 had a set point, but, Djokovic saved it & then managed to break Federer's service to level the set at 5-all.

 

 

The set went to the tie-breaker, Federer managed to win the tie-breaker 7-2 much to the delight of Mirka Federer & his dad Robert Federer who were present there. The set duration was 1 hour & 10 minutes.

 

 

Here are the second set stats

 

 

 

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As you can see from the set stats, both players struggled on their serves in the 2nd serve

 

 

 

 

3rd Set

 

 

Djokovic dominated the set

 

 

Roger Federer lost his service in the 1st & the 5th game as Djokovic won the set comfortably 6-2 in 35 minutes.

 

 

Here are the overall match stats ---------

 

 

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Clearly both players struggled, just that Roger Federer lost his way after a superb 2nd set tiebreaker

 

As predicted by me yesterday, Roger Federer's next match is vs Richard Gasquet on Thursday & the match is scheduled in the afternoon session (starting time 2 pm GMT).

 

 

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#2 Vibhuism

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:05 AM

2nd set TIEBREAKER

 

 

 


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#3 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:20 PM

This was going to be a challenging match, not only was Roger playing the "in form" Djokovic, he was playing him again only a couple of days after their semi final at Paris Bercy. In fact Roger's father had spoken to the comms before the match and said it was going to be tough.

Both players gave a short interview before walking onto court. I felt Roger did not sound his normal buoyant self. The comms thought he was not as relaxed as usual. Poor chap he knew what he had to do and was probably still recovering from Paris, and being six years older than Novak (26), this process takes that bit longer.

The "heartbeat" rhythm played as the players walk on adds to the atmosphere but does nothing to calm the nerves.

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I thought both players looked tired and were struggling at times, but, as we have seen before Novak has the uncanny ability to regroup and re-energise when a game or two previously he had looked totally washed out.

This year it is down to poor scheduling giving players no break between Paris Bercy and the World Tour Finals, which in any case would be tough as only top players are involved.



Interesting to see Roger wearing his "official" WTF Nike top in the practice session with Jo Wilfred Tsonga earlier, but still preferring the grey zebra shirt for the match itself ~ which I actually prefer ;)

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#4 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:32 PM

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:39 PM

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#6 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:52 PM

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Mirka looks on with concern and understanding.


You can do nothing but admire the guts and determination of both players to give of their best through tiredness and aches and pains and produce what was, at times, a thrilling match, with all the ups and downs in the second set ....

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:34 PM

I like the grey top best too Wendy, though it didn't bring Roger much luck last night.  I also thought both players looked tired.  Djokovic said, didn't he, that it was difficult after playing in the Paris final 2 days before, and of course Roger wasn't far behind him plus he had just played Paris AND Basel and that's an awful lot of tennis in a short time.  After going a whole year with almost no real match practice due to early exits he suddenly has too much!  Plus of course the 6-year age difference starts to show in this kind of endurance test.  I always thought Roger would struggle with this tournament due to the scheduling.  He certainly lacked that determined look he has when you know he's really going to go for it.  And Djokovic is one of those players who is often down but never out.  You just can't tell with him when he is going to make a sudden and complete recovery and forge ahead.  Roger on the other hand is tending to up his game when needed less these days.  I hope he wins the next  two matches and manages to make the semis at least, if not the final.  At any rate it's all a really good rehearsal for next year.

 

Sorry I'm only able to come on here at odd times and make the odd comment.  I have family staying with me for the week and it's interfering with my tennis watching. Had to watch Roger's match last night on my iPad without sound, hoping no one else noticed I wasn't paying full attention to the TV programme everyone else was watching!



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:25 PM

Had to watch Roger's match last night on my iPad without sound, hoping no one else noticed I wasn't paying full attention to the TV programme everyone else was watching!


The words of a true fan ;)

In theory, this was Roger's greatest challenge in the Round Robin stage. I sincerely hope that his team can work their magic and rejuvenate him in readiness for his match against Richard Gasquet tomorrow afternoon.

A couple of wins now would be ideal, but even if he fails here I hope Roger can take heart from his steady improvement over the last few weeks. It has been an intense period of tennis for him and good preparation for the coming season, which promises to be better than this one so long as there are no more injury issues.


The stream I was watching lost sound for most of the match ~ but the picture quality greatly improved, so no complaints there. In a way I enjoyed watching without having to listen to all the constant chatter of the comms, but did miss the general atmosphere of crowd and racquet striking ball ......

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:53 PM

Actually i hate to see Federer in that situation, it's make me sad and cry

 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

Here's Federer's press conference after the match

 

 

 

 


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:24 AM

And here is what Djokovic had to say ....



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:01 AM

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 03:02 AM

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:11 PM

Sausan, I hate seeing Roger in that situation too, I expect we all do.  But let's not forget that it's not too long ago we were worrying about whether or not he would qualify for the WTF and were not at all sure he would. In the end he qualified in some style.  We were not expecting him to win, but just to have the chance of some decent matches with his peers, something that's been sadly lacking for him for most of 2013.  But actually, in the end, he's had plenty of such matches in the tournaments leading up to London.  He's played a lot of tennis in the last two weeks, more I think than most of his fellow qualifiers. He must be tired, both physically and mentally.

 

Roger's recovery is a work in progress.  He'll get there. 



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:52 PM

Absolutely, Rita. Roger is still recovering. He will come back stronger next year.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:55 PM

It's strange he's not still wearing that sky blue shirt. Maybe there's something wrong with it.







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