Federer Flattens Murray, Faces Djokovic For ATP Finals Title; Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | November 11th, 2012, 10:59 pm
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Fittingly the top two players in the world will do battle for the final title of the 2012 ATP season. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer reached the championship match at the ATP finals on the heels of impressive Sunday wins. But early on it looked like neither would make it to Monday.

Djokovic found himself down a set to the hot-handed Juan Martin Del Potro who was zoned-in and blistering winners. With the match in the balance early in the second set, Djokovic hung in there just enough to gain the upper hand and then coast in the third set over a tiring Argentine 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“I was aware that the key for me would be to try to get as many returns back in the court and get into the rally,” said Djokovic. “I wasn’t managing to do so, especially the end of the first set, beginning of the second. I dropped with my first serve percentage, made a lot of unforced errors. He used it. He was the better player at that time. I believed that I could come back. I believed that I could turn this match around in my favor, and I’ve done so. I’ve played from that moment on, when I got the break back, very flawless tennis.”

Del Potro really dominated early on and the way he was playing it didn’t look promising for the Serb in his bid for a second ATP Finals crown.

“Nole improved his game, basically, between the middle of the second set until the end of the match,” said Del Potro. “He deserved to win today. I think I played really good in the first two sets. If you don’t play whole match [at] your best level, it’s really difficult to beat him. I had the chance to win today when I was break up in the second, but I didn’t serve like yesterday and I didn’t serve like my first set today. Nole was returning really well.”

Even in defeat it’s great to see Del Potro playing top quality tennis. If he can remain injury free and keep on this course, a year from now it’s very possible he could be competing for the No. 1 ranking. It’s really up to his body because the game and head as we saw today are clearly there.

“I beat Roger yesterday. I was close to beating Nole today. In the end, they are too good for me, but I’m getting closer every day,” Del Potro said. “Maybe it could be my big challenge for next year, my big goal, trying to fight at all Grand Slams with this group. They win all the Grand Slams: Novak, Federer, Rafa and now Murray. I would like to be part of those names in the Grand Slams.”

In the main event, it was a similar story, just accelerated. Andy Murray jumped all over Federer to start the match, racing out to what appeared to be an insurmountable 4-2 first set lead. For the first 30 minutes or so, Murray was far and away the better player. The Scot was dominating on serve and from the ground. Federer was in trouble.

But, as he often does, after taking Murray’s best shot Federer got up off the mat, made some adjustments and stunningly dominated the rest of the match to win 7-6, 6-2.

“I started the match off very well,” Murray said. “I was going for my shots a lot. I was playing very aggressive on the return. Then he started to serve a little bit better. I missed a few more returns. Then, when he got the break back, he started to play better. I hung on a little bit the end of the first set.”

Murray had owned Federer of late winning their last five sets all rather routinely since Roger got him at Wimbledon. But that run crashed down today.

“Of course, I was looking at having lost the last two matches against him, so I thought it was up to me to change things around really and come up with a game plan that maybe was different than at the Olympics or Shanghai,” said Federer. “The pressure was really on me. I’m happy with what I chose with my coaching staff today. Obviously the tournament’s not over yet, I want to keep on playing well, but I’m happy that the offensive play did pay off and it gives confidence doing more like that in the upcoming match tomorrow.”

Murray’s season ends having lost four of his last seven matches. His two titles since Wimbledon were big ones though – the Olympics and the US Open – and despite a sub-par finish he’ll gladly take it!

“I would have liked to have finished with a win. But that didn’t happen,” Murray said. “But for me, it’s been the best year of my career by a mile. So why I would look back on that negatively now would be silly because I’ve achieved things I’ve never achieved before. I have to look back on it positively. If I don’t, then that would be worrying.”

So tomorrow it’s Djokovic v. Federer, the two best players in the sport in a best-of-3 set final played in near perfect conditions on an indoor medium paced court. Talk about a tough pick here, there’s not much to choose between them.

Thus far Djokovic hasn’t dropped a match this week, but he has gone through rough patches. Federer did lose to Del Potro and probably should have dropped the first set today to Murray. And he’s had his issues with sloppy play. But the Swiss usually rises up, as we saw late in the first set today, to meet his chief rivals, and Djokovic is among them.

“It’s exciting, no doubt about it. I love playing against Novak,” said Federer. “He’s had a great year. He’s had a great tournament so far… It is a big opportunity playing sort of the last match of the season, and facing off against Novak obviously is always special, especially here at the World Tour Finals.”

Head-to-head, it’s Federer with a decided 16-12 edge including wins in their last two meetings this year at Wimbledon and at Cincinnati. Djokovic, however, had won six of seven entering that Wimbledon match.

Based on quality of play Djokovic has been the better guy this week and really all this fall. Djokovic has won 14 of his last 15 matches, losing just a suspect clash with Sam Querrey. And since Wimbledon and including this week, he’s now been to the finals of six of seven events, winning three. That’s some very strong consistency on hardcourts!

Federer of course has ruled over this event winning it the last two years compiling a very impressive 13-1 mark now in three trips. And today Roger really gave Murray a thorough whipping.

For me the key will be how well Djokovic serves. If he serves well he should win. If he doesn’t he’ll be in trouble. It’s that simple. I think Novak can get a handle on Federer’s serve and off the ground it’s a slight edge to the Serb. Roger obviously gets the big advantage in experience and he’s been so tough to beat at this tournament, but I just think it’s Djokovic’s time. Federer was the man, now Djokovic is the man. And the man usually wins. In a real toss-up finale, i’ll lean…
The pick: Djokovic in three.

ESPN2 has live coverage of the singles final starting at 3pm ET. Happy Veterans Day to all the military personnel out there. Thanks for all you do.

MONDAY ATP FINALS SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT Start 6:00 pm
[5] Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v [6] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Marc Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [2] Roger Federer (SUI)


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158 Comments for Federer Flattens Murray, Faces Djokovic For ATP Finals Title; Who’s The Pick?

gannu Says:

“Rarely do fans or analysts step back, and consider that a player might play simply because they love the sport, and just being out there is enjoyable; that they started this sport because they love it, and it only became a job later, due to pressure of success and expectations. Perhaps there is also an aspect of just enjoying the moment, the sport, the competition, regardless of the result, which is lost on many fans”

that in one para summarises why HE is GOD!!!

Amen…


jane Says:

I can’t tell. Fed and Nole are always 50/50 to me, but I do agree with Sean that if Nole’s serve isn’t firing he’ll have a very tough day on his hands. Fed’s been the indoor king for a long time. It would be wonderful to see Nole win but it will be very difficult. I hope he can win his second WTFs tomorrow, but I am proud of him either way.


RZ Says:

I think in general that Nole’s been playing better this week, but Fed looks like he’s more fired up for it. Hopefully it’ll be a good match tomorrow.


Andrea Says:

Yay roger! Make it a good one!


RZ Says:

Forgot to add “Go Fed!” to my message from before. :-)


Wog boy Says:

RZ,

You didn’t have to add it, it was good without it:-)


Wog boy Says:

gannu,

Just curious, are Hindu or Christian, I thought you are Hindu.

You can “off” me if you wish, I will not get upset.


gannu Says:

Wog boy…i am a hindu…curious to know why you asked my religion though


skeezer Says:

“The pick: Djokovic in three.”

But you picked Murray in 3?

Does this mean Fed in 2?


Alok Says:

Fed will be at a huge disadvantage having to play 3 days in a row and over 6 hours less recovery time than his younger opponent. some might say that recovery time is unimportant, but it is when one takes into account the huge age difference between these two guys.

I will take heart that Fed can win this, due to Djokovic’s stats against a tired Delpo were not great, while Fed played a rested Murray and was still able to win.


Alok Says:

Fed’s matches stat this year is 70-11. That’s great for him considering the competition he’s facing.


Wog boy Says:

gannu,

Because of your 11:21 pm post, and wording in it I got confused but as I said I was just curious how come you are using words from the other religion (amen), no big deal.


Tz Says:

@alok,

at the masters 1000 events players have to play 4 days in a row (3rd round, qf, sf and then final) to win the title. And we know that fed has won 3 masters titles this year. So I think he won’t be worried about playing 3 matches in 3 days. Its just like playing in thursday,friday,saturday and then sunday at the masters 1000. I think he will be physically fine and hopefully win the title:)


Brando Says:

Agree with sean’s analysis- nole in 3 looks a good pick. Feds in with a great chance though- looking forward to it!


TJ Says:

Tz:

Well, both players would play 3 times in 3 days. but here fed is playing 3rd in 3 and djokovic is playing only 2nd in a row after a day’s rest. This wouldn’t have been an issue if Fed was at his peak 23-26, but he is 31. it wouldn’t even matter if djokovic was 31/32 as well.

It is what it is. These are the challenges Fed has. I am sure he is doing his best to give it all he’s got! no big deal if he doesn’t win, he already has 6 of them and he only lost the 7th in a 5th set tie-break. [he would have won that too, if the final was best of 3 like it is now - but back then players had no problems playing best of 5 in masters' finals! another wonderful move from the strong era. whining and getting the final reduced to best of 3!]

Allez fed!


Michael Says:

It is difficult to predict the outcome of this match. But if you want me to speculate, it is seemingly tough to predict. We all know how good is Roger on indoor courts which is by far his favourite surface. Not that he is not good on other courts, but it is his area of strength just like Clay is for Nadal. On the other hand, you have Novak who is fine fettle and in a form which is reminiscent of his spectacular 2011. It will all boil down to the kind of form the player is on that particular day and the match could be decided by just a few points here and there. It is the big points that will count. Roger has the confidence going into the finals after bludgeoning Andy while Novak had a hard fought match against Delpo. Difficult to predict but one should expect a cracker nevertheless. If Roger goes on to win this, it will be unprecedented for he would have achieved a monumental feat of 7 World Tour finals win which is considered as the fifth slam. While for Novak it is his second World tour finals. Irrespective of whoever wins, they will have the advantage of carrying this confidence forward to the next year.


madmax Says:

yay to roger..
keep it going champ..we are al proud of you…should be a great mstch today, looking forward to it.


Nims Says:

Just on skills, Novak is a superior player in HC. I will be really surprised if Novak would lose an important final like this.

Roger is not playing anything speacial. He did play some inspired tennis in the semis, but it was more of a poor show from Murray which cost him the match. I don’t think Novak would play as badly as Murray did.

I hope Roger keeps it competitive. If Roger’s serve clicks, then he could keep the match interesting.


scineram Says:

The fact is Federer-Đokovic is simply the best tennis. There are just no higher quality matches on the Tour.

I would not mind a seventh heaven for Roger.


grendel Says:

I looked at the Fed/Murray match again, and came to some slightly different conclusions. There is a danger of hindsight here, of course, and the temptation to force mere happenstance into some kind of inevitable pattern. Even so, you do get a feel for what was going on as a whole when viewing the match again. Imo, Federer’s slow start was deceptive. He was strongly into Murray’s 1st service game, which contained 2 ues already from the Scot. A powerful crosscourt bh from Murray and Federer’s early willingness to go to the net and induce the error were among the highlights of the early exchanges. As were some bad errors from both men, but Murray’s were more significant. He was a break ahead, yet didn’t look much like a front runner, whilst Federer, you felt, was warming up. A drive from Murray low into the net was followed by Federer missing a sitter, which had popped up after hitting the top of the net. It was interesting to examine Federer’s expression, as the camera focused in on him marching back to his spot. It was what you might call tight lipped, disguising obvious annoyance. Not a hint of dejection.

Murray was ahead 3-1 despite a huge error, the ball hoisted way out of court, and then Federer was down 0-30. Papa Federer had his head down, and you knew what he was thinking. He shouldn’t have worried, as Federer took the next ball high out of the air for a perfectly placed swing volley. That’s the sort of shot to get the adrenalin flowing. Murray hits the next serve long in an attempt at aggression, and not for the last time you wonder, has he got the balance right? Either he is too quick to pounce or his form is slightly off. Federer smoothly wins the game with a great riposte to a very good Murray return, and some powerful net play. A looming double break was averted, and we knew Federer was in business.
Federer’s variety was troubling Murray. In the next game, for instance, Federer danced around his bh to punish a weak 2nd serve. Two clutch 1st serves from Murray, then another weak 2nd which Federer doesn’t attack, denying Murray both pace and rhythm. Murray is caught in some soft balling which, so the convention is, should go on for a long time as both players probe for an opening. But not at all, Federer suddenly hits a ball right into the corner, without any huge pace on it though, and Murray is unable to deal with it – hard to say why, except you sense a certain confusion. This is not going as it should do.

Serving at 4-3, Murray starts with a nothing 1st serve, and the ball is again hoisted way out for no discernible reason. Another serve with little pace on it is returned invitingly for Murray, but he fails to quite put it away. Federer somehow gets it back, one of those annoying mid court balls which Murray nets. Head hung low. Another weak 2nd serve at 30-30 allows Federer to chip and charge, and his mere presence at the net induces a huge error for break point. This time, Murray executes an excellent 2nd serve, but Federer meets it with a gorgeous low, penetrating slice, and the attempted slice back by Murray falls short enabling Federer to move forward in predatory fashion, culminating in a terrific fh which Murray can’t handle. 4-4.

Federer’s 1st gross shank of the match gives Murray the minibreak in the tiebreak. Federer showed his steel with an attacking serve to stay in touch and then, in a great rally, Federer gradually manoeuvred Murray to where he wanted him before delivering the killer blow. Significant, in a way, since Murray is supposed to win these long rallies, but Federer had neglected to read that particular script. Murray’s minibreak gone, it looked ominous for the Scot. He was hanging on as best he could, not good enough for a Federer in menacing form. Following a long bh exchange, Federer hit a looping fh to the base line which jumped quite high, and Murray attempted an aggressive response and failed, for the decisive break. It’s the sort of shot Murray can certainly hit, but it is very difficult, and he surely shouldn’t be attempting it at such an important moment when he is not in the best of nick.

When Federer brokefor 2-1 in the 2nd set, Murray had been 40 love. Shades of Shanghai, only the ball on the other foot. Of the 5 subsequent points (to give Federer the break) 3 were unforced errors, the last of them being slightly panic ridden, I thought.

2-4, 15 all and as Murray 2nd serves, Federer actually moves in so he is halfway to the service line before he even hits the ball, easily enabling the chip and charge which once more induces the error. Annacone must be purring. But it also shows what Federer must think of Murray’s 2nd serve – plenty of food for thought there, I should have thought, as Murray heads for his Californian boot camp. There was a second chip and charge in the same game, and this time Murray’s attempted lob was easily smashed away for break point. A shocked Murray came into the net himself, following a really good 2nd serve (yes, he does do them, which is the mystery) and fine approach, only to be passed by a gorgeous bh from the baseline.

Federer allowed himself the luxury of 2 serve and volleys when serving it out, and showed how it was done. Wish he’d do it more.

My feeling about Murray was that he was caught betwixt and in between. Of course, he was up against a master, who did to Murray what Murray so often does to others and has indeed done to Federer himself, namely, entangled him in a complicated web which had the Scot’s head spinning. Federer, who like all great champions has a cruel streak, must have enjoyed that. He has always liked to dominate an opponent using that opponent’s particular strengths – out acing Roddick, say, overpowering the power merchants. But to get back to Murray, he still hasn’t quite got the hang of this aggression business. But he will, it is only a question of time, and steady encouragement from Lendl. I still think he is going to have a great year next year, and this match will be seen perhaps as a most useful lesson on the learning curve.

Meanwhile, tonight Federer meets Djokovic, a man who is very comfortable with his own aggressive style, and knows exactly when and when not to go for the killer blow. This will be a much more difficult match for Federer, I should have thought, and other things being equal, Djokovic should be slight favourite. That won’t bother Djokovic – I suspect being favourite was bad for Murray – and will also spur Federer on.


Brando Says:

@Grendel:

Excellent summary of the match, and very much agree with your thoughts- particularly about the final: how Novak is the favorite, but doesn’t mind being so.


Sidney Says:

#1 vs #2. Nole vs. Roger to end the year!

I feel that this year’s YEC has taken a bit more significance than past editions. I think players took this tournament a little more seriously this year, as a competitive tournament, instead of an exhibition-type crown-the-best-indoor-player tournament. Especially when it’s 1,500 rankings played a huge role in Roger’s return to #1 earlier this year. I think Nole’s team took notice.

This match is too close to call.

Indoor court gives Roger the very, very slight advantage, in my opinion. But Nole is playing well and very capable of winning.


Polo Says:

My worry is that the Federer of late has a tendency to follow up a great match with a very disappointing lackluster performance.


the DA Says:

@ grendel – as always, a very interesting take on the match. I would have loved to have seen such an in-depth analysis of the Murray matches in Shanghai, particularly the one vs Fed.

However, I commend you on your ability to be objective (likewise TF76) as opposed to the usual suspects who disappear during Andy’s significant wins but are quick to slither back here to negatively deconstruct his game after every loss.


Giles Says:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Noleksa/media/grid?idx=0. And here we have Nole sucking up to the Press!! Hmmm


skeezer Says:

grendel

Great read, tx

Actually thought you misspelled manoeuvred & betwixt. But alas, wrong I was. I am not worthy. Back to wording school goes I.


grendel Says:

skeezer, I tend to guess with a word like “manoeuvre”, and I doubt if I always spell it the same, although having call to use it rather a lot on tennisx, I’m beginning to get familiar with it. Lots of writers are poor at spelling, you know – for example Scott Fitzgerald. Double letters are often a problem. How many ms and ts in the word beginning “co” and 2nd syllable same as in “permit”? Never feel fully confident with that one.


jamie Says:

Federer wins today.

Period.


Giles Says:

Grendel. Optional spelling “maneuver”? Perhaps easier to remember?


RZ Says:

Going down the useless road of “It would have been nice if…” …it’s too bad that Fed and Murray played in the semis. It would have been nice to have Fed and Murray face off in the finals of all 3 big occasions in London this year.


RZ Says:

Wog Boy, LOL (my delayed reaction to your 12:13am post). :-)


grendel Says:

Giles – true, but then, the more complicated spelling has more style, somehow. That’s something which never occured to me before – that you can have an aesthetic response to how the letters are arranged in a word. Is that analysable? Or is it really just familiarity, with perhaps a touch of snobbery thrown in? Not sure.


trufan Says:

WOuldn’t it be ironic if Fed wins today? Then he would have beaten Djoke the last three times, captured the YEC (so it would be HIS year, since all 4 had one slam each – this is sort of the tie-breaker as the next most prestigious tournament), and yet Djoke would end the year No. 1!!


Alok Says:

@trufan, I believe Fed did some miscalculations and it’s probably why he didn’t end the year as the No.1 ranked player. I know ‘if onlys’ are bad, and hindsight is not allowed, but I’ll say it, if only Fed had not skpped Toronto and Bercy and not played Davis Cup he’d most probably end this year as be No.1.


rogerafa Says:

This is what Roger himself said.

” Federer acknowledges that Djokovic deserves the end-of-year No.1 ranking having snatched it back from Federer last week.

“The real number one, we know who that is going to be, it’s going to be Novak, so I think there should not be any debate around that,” said Federer who this year moved past Pete Sampras’s record 286 weeks spent on top of the ATP rankings.

“Number one, you don’t get there by chance. The rankings are something that show you how you’ve played over a 365-day period.”


Brando Says:

@Rogerafa:

THANKS for that. Unlike some fans, the players themselves DO NOT fail to recognize when a player is a worthy champion or a no.1!

In this case- props to fed for NOT being a SOUR individual and praising nole!


jane Says:

Yes, Brando, and Fed has commented a couple times about Nole reaching number 1 deservingly (no doubt, he was in 3 slam finals and now WTF finals too; he’s been deep at every big event, not to mention the wins). Fed also liked the chocolate gesture, saying it was “nice and thoughtful.” :) Kudos to him.


Alok Says:

I don’t think it’s a matter of fans failing to recognize anything. It’s more due to the fact that there were 4 GS winners which makes those players tied in that category, but there were also other accomplishments, ie., No. of titles won, that needed to be taken into consideration, and which isn’t as clear-cut as some seem think. The difference in ranking points is the decisive factor, IMO. Something similar to the WTA, where Serena won 2 slams, plus the YEC and is still No. 3 in the rankings. It’s the reason commentators and journos all say she is the real No.1.

“In this case- props to fed for NOT being a SOUR individual and praising nole!”

Is this an indirect dig at Fed fans as being SOUR?
Unnecessary IMO.


volley Says:

the paranoia of some fans is amusing.


rogerafa Says:

@ Brando

The players know the effort it takes to reach the summit. Some may be more effusive in their applause than others but, deep inside, I think they all appreciate, admire and perhaps envy each other’s great achievements. There is nothing “ironic” about the rankings. There is a simple system which rewards consistency especially at the big tournaments and the player who has the most points gets the top rank. That player deserves that rank because he did what the system required him to do and the others were not good enough, for whatever reason, to earn more points than him. Simple as that.


Brando Says:

@Rogerafa:

1.52 post- SPOT ON!


rogerafa Says:

@ Polo

“My worry is that the Federer of late has a tendency to follow up a great match with a very disappointing lackluster performance.”

Roger fans must get used to that pattern especially going forward. I hope the final is a competitive one. Novak is in such good form that a straight sets win seems a distinct possibility. You can almost always rely on Novak to force you to earn your wins. It all depends on which Roger turns up. I expect a Novak victory but it is a final and if Roger can raise his level and stay focused, he could yet end up pipping Novak to the post.


Brando Says:

On a different note, Spain have a REAL chance in the Davis cup final- now that Lopez/ Granollers have won the doubles WTF title!

A inform indoor doubles team, ferrer playing 2 matches, Cezch Rep. having a a potentially weak 2nd singles player etc COULD see Spain win!


Brando Says:

About to begin- may the best man win!


Humble Rafa Says:

As a GOAT owner, I have my preferences on this match.


Giles Says:

HR. Do tell!


The Great Davy Says:

I have my preferences on this match too. Just in completely different way. ;)


Humble Rafa Says:

Since I am not playing, the more valuable the GOAT, the more valuable the GOAT owner.


Tz Says:

Fed looks a bit like yesterday’s murray. From 3-0 to 3-2


Tz Says:

Come on! Roger!


Brando Says:

Fed’s 1st serve went AWOL in that game!

Throw in a few more UEs in the last 2 games and he’s let nole in here!

STILL, IF fed sorts out the serve and UEs- he wins IMO!


van orten Says:

totally on feds racquet…a shame he cannot cut down his ue ratio


van orten Says:

break !!!


senthil Says:

Looks like Fed VS Rafa.. federer started quickly.. Somehow Rafa gets ahead and secures first set.


van orten Says:

zero 1st serves when he needs them and way too many errors.. fed beating himself here…!!!!


van orten Says:

wow woww woww…like 4 ue alone in that game


van orten Says:

fed will lose this one…a typical rafa game u are right senthil. but this federer is just too easy on his chances…way too many errors and no first serve at all…djoker reading every single one of the..poor performance…


gannu Says:

Yuck feddy bear dont screw my diwali…pls pls win this match somehow…djoker just is playing with amazing confidence…


Daniel Says:

Damm, Djoko really wanted that game. Fed wrong footed him 2 times, on deuce Djoko stoped almost twisting both his ankles and got the passing shot which set BP. Amazing level this 2 are playing. And Fed is not slicing, he chose to face Djoko in baseline power contest.


Daniel Says:

3 BH errors by Djoko ina row. fed will keep pressuring that side


Tz Says:

Woo hoo! Fed breaks!


Daniel Says:

Amazing. This match is probably insane to watch In O2 arena. Which I was there…


Brando Says:

7 FH ERRORS BY FED in that game!

Fed’s UEs and missing 1st serve as costing him here- nole is doing NOTHING special atm!


Daniel Says:

How the hell Djoko returned that serve?!?!?!?


Daniel Says:

Wow Djoko!! I thought this set was gone in 0-30 aft Djoko’s fall.


The Great Davy Says:

Federer is playing like me! Up 3-0 and …cough cough! See how it feels Mr. GOAT.


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe Fed missed that sitter


Daniel Says:

I haven’t seen a single BH DTL by Djoko:)


Daniel Says:

Just beacuse I asked for it he unleashed and even so Fed defended with a squash forehand. Amazing level by thses 2 today


the DA Says:

Ajde Nole!!


van orten Says:

last 8 points in the breaker federer 5 unforced errors..u cant win like that..he had djoker on the ropes but as usual no first serve when he needed one the most…ass i said before..fed needs to come with the goods..because djoker just keeps ball in play..very well deserved first set for djoker


Brando Says:

WOW, AJDE NOLE INDEED!!:-))))))


Brando Says:

He’s not doing bad for a ‘so called’ mediocre indoor player!:-)))))))))))


van orten Says:

wow so funny djoker only needs to keep ball in play fed cannot play 2 consecutive points without an error


van orten Says:

ahhahaha i love it to be right error after incredible point then another error then another point then error and so forth and so forth


van orten Says:

wow the commentators are going nuts on federer inconsistency …still cant believe he gave that breaker away


senthil Says:

Federer is playing like pete Sampras :) Errors + brillance :)


senthil Says:

Like Pete Sampras @ Age 31 :)


senthil Says:

As a Fed Fan, hard to see Federer working so hard to win. Djoker might have not a chance Federer of 2006 (Same Age as Djoker).


Brando Says:

What a beauty by fed! IF he was 25 like nole, NO DOUBT in my mind he woul win here. BUT reality is he is 31- and his legs seem to be giving up on him, slowly but surely IMO!


Brando Says:

Glimpse of the future? Fed serving and volleying!


Kimmi Says:

WOW! saves two set point.


Maso Says:

Aaaaah, so sad to see Roger ahead in both sets and losing points at the important moments… He should have held serve and won the set with that big crosscourt forehand that went long.


volley Says:

the camera showed Federer mouthing the word ‘scheiße’. i’m sure Alok will object strongly.


Kimmi Says:

ugh! federer starts ahead on both sets but djokovic finds the way back always..


Maso Says:

So depressed… I mean, Novak’s my second favorite player but Rog was up a break in the first set, was up a break and serving for the 2nd set… Credit to Novak who is playing solid as ever under pressure, but Roger should at least have taken the 2nd set. He still might, but it’s gonna be tough. Momentum’s with Nole now.


John Says:

what the hell…

This court has been slowEEED DOWN SOOOO MUCH…Federers forhand doesnt hit through the court at all in comparison to last year..

A discrace…they have to slow down every court to stop a 31 year old dominating a much much younger fied..fk this.


gannu Says:

Super pissed off with roger…disgusting and frustrating..all over..bye bye 2012


Kimmi Says:

hmm, match point


Brando Says:

UNDISPUTED NO.1!


Maso Says:

Damn, what a match point by Novak. I’m a bit disgusted because I truly feel that Federer played a bit better than Nole in both sets but messed up in crucial moments. Alas, that’s tennis. Major congratulations to Novak fans, this is a fitting end to the season: the best player of the 2012 season won the YEC. I need a beer to get over this.


Kimmi Says:

wow! and what a backhand down the line to finish…he is really very hard to beat.

Congrats djokovic and his fans.


Brando Says:

Fed will be pissed off with that one- could have EASILY ( and probably should have) won in straights himself! This one will HIRT!


the DA Says:

What a way to end the match! Bravo Nole. Congrats to his fans.


Polo Says:

I am sad.


Brando Says:

Fed will be pissed off with that one- could have EASILY ( and probably should have) won in straights himself! This one will HURT!


volley Says:

karma is a wondrous thing.


Giles Says:

I do wish joker would tone down his celebrations! #barbaric


jane Says:

I had about six heart attacks. Very close match…

CONGRATS TO NOLE!!!!! :) I am proud of his efforts all year.


Tz Says:

Would’ve killed federer. He is lucky i’m not around :)


Giles Says:

Brando. I agree.


Tz Says:

@giles,

that’s one of the reasons he isn’t my no. 1 fave


Brando Says:

Fed seems REALLY GUTTEd- I genuiely feel for him:-(


jane Says:

Commiserations to Fed’s fans, very nice speech from him.

Take heart as he has 6 of titles and had a great year.

From the telegraph’s live blog:
“A breathless, magical end to the tennis year and surely one of the best matches over the last 12 months for good measure. Once again: Federer v Djokovic, bloody hell.”


Brando Says:

Nole: UNDISPUTED player of the year- fed said it, ” nole your the best”!


senthil Says:

Hard to watch Federer like this.. Please Fed annonuce Retirement :(


RZ Says:

It’s a shame that Fed couldn’t keep his lead in either set, but at least Nole won the tournament to go with his #1 ranking (I hate when players become #1 and then lose).


kriket Says:

#barbaric is a bit harsh, don’t you think? Just because you don’t appreciate him as a player, you don’t have to be offensive towards him.
He put a lot of effort to achieve what he has and I think he has the right to celebrate for a few seconds as he sees fit. Your calling him barbaric for it IS barbaric in itself.


senthil Says:

History Repeats itself.. Flash Back 2005 – Nalbandian came back from Nowhere to win the finals.

I think this could be first striaght set loss in WTF for federer.


Rick Says:

A disgrace! They had to made everything best of three sets to help an old man, and easy draw for Feddrina to get to the final.


Wog boy Says:

CONAN THE DESTROYER

Brando,

“this one will HURT” actually there is quite a few defeats from Nole that are going to HURT once Roger retires;)

Bottle of brandy is ready,
Cheers to all my friends Nole fans ….and the others:)


Brando Says:

Feds is 31- quite CLEARLY his legs were giving way, hence more serve and volley near the end. I think THAT was the key factor in all of this!


jane Says:

Great tournament by Nole: he went undefeated beating tough players all the way. Hope he has a nice holiday now.

Wog boy, I had to have a glass of wine after the first set, lol.


John Says:

If the courts were a bit faster Fed would of won..

I hate the fact that agressive tennis is hardly rewarded anymore.

Fed will retire, and tennis will become boring, endless long baseline rallies..

Im sorry this might sound anti Nole..

Which it isnt meant to be..

Nothing against Nole..

But Fed is getting older and on top of it theyre slowing down the courts..

Tennis is boring with out agressive play being rewarded..

Meany may contradict..but wait till FEd retires…I will laugh, cause you will be left with half the fans…slow boring rallies that last 6 million years..I hate the way they have slowed down every damn court..Tennis is nothing with out agressive reward play..NOTHING!


the DA Says:

Rafa just tweeted: “Congrats to @DjokerNole for his masters! we’ve seen a good final!”


volley Says:

@ john – life will go on. tennis will survive Fed’s retirement.


Super Says:

Good match!

Federer played very well, but came up short. A few too many forehand errors. I wish he tried playing with more spin, particularly around the net.

His returns also sometimes land a bit short, and he chips the ball back when he can go for a better shot.

Still, there isn’t much that was wrong with Fed’s game tonight. It was a 31 year old against a 25 year old.

So, credit to Djokivic, being able to move well and blast returns. The point still stands, however, than when you can barely beat a player 6 years older than you, acting like a monkey on steroids when celebrating the end of the match does little to increase your likeability.


racquet Says:

All that’s left is Davis Cup and the Abu Dhabi exo in late Dec. Only about 60 days until the start of the Aussie Open!! It has been an amazing season.


John Says:

Well yes tennis will live on..

Eventually they will realise how retarded they were….

And speed up the courts again I hope..:)

Its not about Fed..its about tennis…

Taking small percentage shots…amzing ones…only to have them slow down after thr bounce like freaking matrix movie..

They will have to change it..cause no one will be watching.


Sidney Says:

Congrats to Nole. Go Nole!

All in all, Roger was amazing in this tournament. He hit some unbelievable, incredible shots.

This match could have gone either way. Both sets were very close. He just ran into a wall today, and then ran out of gas.


Super Says:

John, I agree!

Long rallies are boring. The battle of who is the best tennis player has been changed to who can last longer on the court.

Not to mention all of the injuries that will come as a result of the extra running involved.


Brando Says:

@the DA:

Thanks for that DA- nice to see rafa congratulating nole.


volley Says:

stat just released by sharko tennis; Big 4 of Djoker, Federer, Murray, Nadal account for 14 of 15 biggest titles in world (4some in Top 4 5th yr in row).

5th year in a row.

#strongera


Brando Says:

FED FANS:

Commiserations on the loss of your guy- he put up a really good fight, and it was more than a valiant effort on his half.

Personally- being as honest as I possibly can be- i think fed could have EASILY walked away with the win in straight’s himself. Age 25 like nole- he DEFINITELY would have!

But reality is: he didn’t.

NO DOUBT this was due to nole’s tennis, however on fed’s side of things- unfortunately i think his age is starting to catch up with him!:-(


John Says:

Exactly Super..

Its not about shot making and guts..

Its about fitness and repeditive shots…

Who in there right minds would watch endless backhand or forehand exchanges with no risk envolded?

shots landing well inside the court…Its like tabletennis practice on steroids with a bigger table…

And anyone saying aggresive play should not be rewarded is just a stuborn fan, or(and) someone that has never lifted a raquete. Sorry..


John Says:

Exactly Super..

Its not about shot making and guts..

Its about fitness and repeditive shots…

Who in there right minds would watch endless backhand or forehand exchanges with no risk envolded?

shots landing well inside the court…Its like tabletennis practice on steroids with a bigger table…

And anyone saying aggresive play should not be rewarded is just a stuborn fan, or(and) someone that has never lifted a raquete. Sorry..

Just a reminder this has nothing to do with Nole..:)


John Says:

apologies for double post..


Ngentot Says:

I see a few of Fed’s fans here are in so much pain that they said things they shouldn’t have about Novak. Federer was a class act tonight but a few of his fans not so much. Yes, this goes to @Giles and @Super. What a pity.


Sidney Says:

Excellent season 2012 was!

Get ready for 2013! (don’t care about DC final)

Nole will be slight favorite to win a 3rd straight Aussie Open, I’m sure. Roger will be right behind him, and then Rafa, and then the rest.

Not much will change. It will still the big 3 plus Andy, depends on which Andy shows up. :)


Brando Says:

NOLE FANS:

Congrats on your guys awesome win- he fought tremendously well and scrapped even when alot of the time I personally thought fed was possibly the better player.

IMHO, player of the year and UNDISPUTED world no.1! enjoy it!:-)

P.S- Wog Boy:

Not bad result for a mediocre indoors player. Hope my favorite mediocre indoor player, rafa, can do similar at the WTF next year! I LOVE mediocre indoor players! :-)


John Says:

Anyway Im going to Bed..

Gongrats Nole..

I hope he stays number 1
for meany YEARS once Fed and perhaps Nadal…have left the game. Tennis will need it…

hahah this all sounds so cynical..

I mean it was just a match, and the last one of the season..haha..but alas..it is the truth..


Brando Says:

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR NO.1 RANKING GOING FORWARD?:

- Djokovic finishes year with: 12,910 points (INSANE!).
- Federer finishes year with: 10, 265 points.

DIFFERENCE: 2644 POINTS!

NEITHER HAVE DAVIS CUP CONCERNS!

SO 2013:

- IF Nole reaches SF of AO (EASY for him) and get’s knocked out at that stage, fed can ONLY be no.1 IF:

1- He WINS DOHA!
2- He WINS AO!

IF he does so then he is no.1 again by a MERE 75 POINTS!

Fed then IMMEDIATELY has to play DUBAI, ROTTERDAM, IW, where CANNOT gain a single point!

BOTTOMLINE:

Nole will ALMOST CERTAINLY be no.1 into ATLEAST clay court season IMHO!

He is that FAR AHEAD and fed has to almost WIN 6 TOURNIES by April in order to be at or near no.1 ranking spot!

AGE 31- how likely is that?……..


Wog boy Says:

Brando,

Thanks, and yes you are right, how dare Nole do that, to beat a GOAT and best indoor player in the history and to beat him in TWO sets. Nole ….Nole …you cannot do that, you are mediocre indoor player, didn’t they tell you that?


Super Says:

Ngentot, what exactly are you talking about? I said it was an entertaining match.

Hmm, not sure how you can feel pain being entertained. My point was that the joker has no class. He is completely obnoxious to me. For instance, he always applauds the opponent’s winner only when he is ahead scorewise.

When Federer hit an unbelievable winner to save set point Novak gave an unsportsmanlike expression, as if to imply that it was a fluke. Funny that he didn’t applaud that point, is it not?

I have no personal stake in who wins or who loses. I watch tennis because I like it. Today was a good day to be a tennis fan. Novak is a fighter and an amazing athlete, so I give him credit for that. He’s just obnoxious :P


John Says:

Just Imagine an Era of now amazing(Fed,Nole,Nadal) tennis players. Now hat would be down right depressing..I dont wanna be watching a tomic-Donald Final at wimbledon simply cause thers no new good breed..

Delpo is also getting older…

5 yers from now will be like a treasure hunt for avarage players in that scenario…gosh I hope it doesnt come to pass….


Brando Says:

P.S:

Difference between fed and andy is 2265 points.

Andy skips Dubai next year, so that would rise to 2565 points!

So provided fed reaches SF at Doha and AO (very do able for him)and Andy goes NO FURTHER than SF at AO (possible) then fed should be No.2 going into clay season!


Brando Says:

@Wog Boy:

LMAO, IF nole is a mediocre indoor player then i want rafa to be a atrocious one, since it seems that being bad on indoor courts= walking away with the title!:-)

Congrats on your fav winning, enjoy it! :-)


Super Says:

I think it’s precisely the weaker young generation that will cause the current big 4 to dominate for a longer than normal period of time.


John Says:

^Aghh..
Just imagine a future era without,Fed, Nadal..

:)mmm… must sleep.


Brando Says:

RAFA FANS:

our guy starts off 2013 6115 behind world no.1 Nole- what a mount everest he has to climb!

BUT, what an amazing challenge ahead of him!

Can’t wait for 2013 season to KO!


grendel Says:

““this one will HURT” actually there is quite a few defeats from Nole that are going to HURT once Roger retires;)”

That is unworthy of you, Wog boy – and inconsistent, if I may say so, although in a sense honest, I suppose, assuming there is a lot of anger floating around. As for Dkokovic’s post match celebrations, clearly he was letting off steam, as the focus, from both players, had been unbelievably intense. On the other hand, given the extent of them, he was revealing a side of himself which he might regret after some reflection. This is a man, after all, who is very measured in his interviews.

The level of intensity was, as I say, very high. Curious pattern – Federer so close to a double break in the first set. Same again in the second. Just couldn’t quite do it. The heart he showed was extraordinary, but in the end it wasn’t enough. His serve was not dependable tonight, but I blame the fh. Too often the bh would prise the opening, only for the marauding fh to go astray.

I wonder if Djokovic – who is now definitely “the best” as Federer conceded – is going to set a new order. At the end of the day, it was Djokovic’s defence which proved too strong. Murray could learn a lot from Djokovic’s performance, his highly selective and generally successful use of aggression. Federer’s defence is very good by most players’ standards, but absolutely not by Djokovic’s. It does seem that good defence beats good offence. Great offence will always triumph, of course, but Federer’s offence was only sporadically great tonight.

I wonder if Federer still believes he can win big ones. He is wise enough to understand that if someone as great as himself just hangs around circumstances will fall into place and he will sooner or later be rewarded – that’s essentially how Sampras got his last slam. But I’m not sure how satisfying that would be for such a proud man. Well, we’ll see.

Did anyone notice at the presentation Federer brushing the flying confetti off an official’s sleeve? That was kind of touching. As was Federer signing so many balls – easy to do when you’ve won, trickier after a loss. In general, Federer seems much more serene following a difficult loss. Of course it will hurt, but I have every confidence that Federer will keep the loss in proportion. He hasn’t always done that in the past. Pleasing to see him do so now.


jane Says:

There is an interesting article at the WSJ “Still Searching for Tennis’ Next Big Four”

Here’s one statement: “The year ends with no one under 21 in the top 50, a sharp decline from three such players five years ago and seven a decade ago.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323894704578114812759243042.html


bojana Says:

Wog boy, congratulation to our golden boy, to You and to all Nole,s fans.Congratulation to Federer for giving all he could.There could not be two winners.

For some of Federer,s fans take note for next time,Nole is the man to be asked not You.


Mila Says:

As Federer said himself in his speech:

“You are the best, Novak”

Roger knows tennis and I have to believe him.


Wog boy Says:

grendel,

If it was somebody else to tell me i would ignore it, but since I have great respect for you and your posts I simply cannot ignore it. Give me some time please and will explain myself to you, though you already mentioned main reaso behind my post, but only to you because I really don’t care about sore losers and Nole haters opinions.
Thanks

Bojana,

Same goes to you, cheers for our man.


mike Says:

pathetic mental lose from Federer once again, by far the better and more dynamic player, the match was on his racquet but he finds a way to choke everytime he was close to winning the sets, i guess what we start to see is that at 31 years old – its not the footwork, stamina or strokes that go… but the concentration.

Djoko was his usual classless self celebrating as usual, more concerned screaming like an ape infront of the small group of Federer fans behind Fed’s chair, Roger at least showed class and humility when celebrating beating Nole in Wimbledon and Cinci with a mere raising of his arms
but thats ok, lets see how much longer Djokovic can stay at the top playing his brand of running, retrieving tennis.


dari Says:

grendel, a post from you is always nice in times like these ;)

Novak will have a very special place in this tennis era. taking it at no.3 for a few years in a row, only to really dole out heavy pain to fed and rafa here in the past couple years . congrats to him on a fantastic year end (nice shot to end on, btw!), this is the man who is made of both rubber and steel!


dari Says:

and, for fed, it is a true pleasure to be a fan of his, very happy for what he has achieved this year [17, 302!] and I will be cherishing more and stressing less next year… hopefully

mr murray got his slam, now he must keep on improving and take on his contemporary novak, and work on consistent results throughout the year. would love to see him at number 1.

delpo showed some fantastic stuff- at then end of the year, especially. hopefully next year, he will be beating all the big guys next year, and not just fed ;)

Rafa needs to get fully well and join the party, it’s not the same without him
[hope I don't regret my words later ;)]

good year for all fans, folks! especially those of jerzy janowicz


Mila Says:

Congratulations to Federer on valiant fight. That first game of the second set showed how much he wanted this.

And be proud of him, Federer fans. Do not belittle Novak, follow the logic of your man, say “you are the best, Novak” and move on.


mike Says:

Actually Murray is the best

he won US Open and Olympics singles Gold which IMO puts him as the most acomplished player of 2012 :)


Vox Says:

Neither player showed their best tennis, but still a great match! Great end of season. Congrats to my fav. Nole and his fans, and Fed and his fans for all he achieved this year. Hope Nole will play and be on top when he is 32! I do think that 25 year Federer would probably beat 25 year Nole on HC indoors, but on outdoors HC, Nole was as a kid able to defeat best in form Federer.. I’m kind of sorry that season is not shorter.. How it stands top players are showing only 60-70% of their abilities most of the time.. It would be interesting if it could last 3 months.. All of them would be rested and hungry of play and on 100%.. That would be really something to look at.. but it will never happen… Also I don’t think that courts are much slower, it’s just that their defense got much better.. And there was only one Federer.. And now there are 4 of them, and 3 are even better (Nole, Rafa, Federer himself).. Federer is also much more complete player than he used to be.. he had to become thanks to geniuses like Rafa and Nole..


laslow Says:

Too bad Roger couldn’t eek out the win today. He gave it all he had. ;-(


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Nole and his fans, securing player of the year!

@Fed u old man, great job and great year. Thanks for still playing strong and giving your fans a taste of the old glory at 31. Enjoyed watching your run at numerous titles this year and a pocketing a 17the all time record Slam!!!!!!


madmax Says:

Novak Djokovic: “It is always a privilege and a challenge to play you Roger so congratulations on an amazing year. Thank you for all your support, I want to thank my team, I couldn’t have done it without you. I love you.”
Roger Federer: “Congratulations to Novak on an amazing tournament and an amazing year. You are the best. It has been an amazing year for me to and I would like to say thank you to my team who have followed my round the world. We broke the million-barrier with the fans here I think this year, thanks to all of you too.”

Class to the very end, Federer also remembers to thank umpire Lars Graff who is retiring after this tournament.

A great match everyone!

gannu, there is no need for you to be disgusted! Why? What a great match by Fed, and yes, woulda coulda shoulda, but a great comeback from Nole. He deserves to be number 1.

The match could have gone either way. So close 96 to 95 points! Wow! Seriously, federer is just brilliant. Some of the shots he was able to reach were beyond belief! But acknowledge novak’s athleticism and his utter determination on court when he is down.

A truly great match.

Thank you Roger! Thank you Novak!


Arun Says:

A great match played by both players the winner being tennis.Looking forward to an exciting 2013.Federer will stillbe among the best next year as welll though no matter what his critics say.Federer will still have some goals he’d like to achieve in 2013 like winning Monte Carlo and Rome(after which he’ll have won everything) and tying Sampras in no of YE #1′s.I know some of you will call me delusional but i think the great man still has one more run to number 1 left in him.His success in the indoor season in 2011 proved to be one of the factors why he wasnt able to get the YE#1 this season but this year he hasnt won any title since Cincinnati and that should hold him in good stead for one last final assault for the YE#1 in 2013.And i still think he will add another wimbledeon win to his resume next year.He’s Federer after all!

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