Djokovic Dominates, Federer Beats Back Berdych At ATP Finals; Murray And Nadal-Wawrinka Monday
by Staff | November 15th, 2015, 6:54 pm
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The ATP Finals opened play Sunday with two the lone two former champions in action, and both enjoyed easy wins.

Novak Djokovic began the day demolishing Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 to improve his with streak to 23 straight, 38 in a row indoors and run his record at the ATP Finals to 15 straight.

“I think I was at my best,” said Djokovic. “Undoubtedly it’s been an incredible performance that I was hoping I can have coming into the match, coming into this tournament where I’ve had a great record in last couple of years. Reflecting back on those memories of course gives me more confidence, more comfort coming into every single match.

“Today I’ve had for an opponent one of the quickest tennis players, somebody that possesses a lot of talent and loves to play aggressively. But I didn’t allow him to dictate the play. I mixed up the pace. I was feeling very comfortable on the court, feeling like I could get most of the balls back. I served efficiently. I mixed up the second serves as well. Didn’t give him the same look twice. I always tried to change it. The tactics worked very well.”

Six-time champion Roger Federer was on in the evening. The Swiss got down a break 2-0 to Tomas Berdych but then got into gear winning 6-4, 6-2.

“Clearly it was not the best start,” said Federer who hit 20 aces in the win. “It was a bad start. One of the worst starts I’ve had in years. No first serves, two double faults, nothing coming from the baseline. It was rough.”

Federer also commented on the slowness of the surface.

“The surface does play slow here,” said Federer. “If you get to see too many second serves, clearly you can crawl back into the match. You can get your chances from the baseline to find rhythm quickly.

“It’s hard to blast through an opponent here in London, which I think helps for me now against Berdych in this case because I can make the match athletic. As the match went on, I definitely started to play better, started to serve better. I think what I underestimated a little bit in some ways was that it was a first round. I think I was playing very well in practice. I had a very good idea with Severin and Stefan how I should play the match.
“It was a good lesson for me to learn. But now I’m in the second round, so that’s a good thing.”

Federer and Djokovic will square off in a much-anticipated match on Tuesday. Nishikori and Berdych also will battle.

On Monday, Andy Murray begins his bid for a first ATP Finals title against David Ferrer. In the evening the last two French Open winners, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, meet in a crucial Ilie Nastase Group showdown.

“My level has been even better this year,” said Wawrinka. “I’ve been more than happy with what’s been happening for myself and my career and I’m really excited to be back here [in London]. It’s always been something special for me to play the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.”

Murray and Ferrer have split two prior meetings at the O2, though the Brit has won four straight matches in their series and leads the Spaniard 11-6 overall.

Nadal is 13-3 against Wawrinka but the Swiss has won three of their last four encounters after losing the first 26 sets in their history.

MONDAY ATP FINALS SCHEDULE
CENTRE start 12:00 noon
[2] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [7] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
Not Before 2:00 pm
[2] A. Murray (GBR) vs [7] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Starting at 6:00 pm
[3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [6] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
[4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [5] R. Nadal (ESP)


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91 Comments for Djokovic Dominates, Federer Beats Back Berdych At ATP Finals; Murray And Nadal-Wawrinka Monday

roy Says:

oh, the irony of federer admitting he benefits from surfaces that aren’t ‘too quick’ because he can return the big servers better and make things athletic.

maybe his ‘every surface is clay!’ fanbase need to listen to their hero a little more. he himself doesn’t actually want tiebreak shootouts with the giants but wants to capitalize on his baseline capabilities/advances.


Jac Says:

Hopefully more interesting day coming. The question is which Stan is going to show up. Also Ferrer is best person to test if Murray’s head is in London or not. If he’s not fully concenteated David is going to make this match hell.


J-Kath Says:

We might be lucky and get two winning matches from Andy before his itchy feet carries him off to Belgium.


Pauly Says:

The bigger question is which Nadal will turn up ?
This indoors surface isn’t his favourite but if he can play his play Wawrinka won’t be able to stop him … In saying that if Wawrinka is in top bloke … Watch out Nadal !
I think this will be good match these two players always play close games … Murray easy in the other game .

Did anyone read the article about PAT CASH offering his coaching services to Nadal ?
If I was Nadal … Talk to Pat Cash ASAP


Pauly Says:

The bigger question is which Nadal will turn up ?
This indoors surface isn’t his favourite but if he can play his best Wawrinka won’t be able to stop him … In saying that if Wawrinka is in top form … Watch out Nadal !
I think this will be good match these two players always play close games … Murray easy in the other game .

Did anyone read the article about PAT CASH offering his coaching services to Nadal ?
If I was Nadal … Talk to Pat Cash ASAP


Giles Says:

Lol at Pat Cash offering coaching advice to Rafa. Isn’t this the same Pat Cash that was thrashed by a 14 year old Rafa?
Lol lol lol


AndyMira Says:

Can’t wait for roger slay novak tomorrow..it’s time for the master teach his student a lesson or two..


J-Kath Says:

Yes Pauly saw the article….no harm in them having a chat about it as an opener…


skeezer Says:

roy,
It was more the matchup ( r e a d ). The slowness helped him against his opponet who loves to blast the ball. Regardless, Yes, Fed is great on any surface, so? What really is the point, that Rafa is not?


jalep Says:

Hard Court H2H Murray/Ferrer 9-2. Taken from ATP.

So…watch out for Athens and Beijing court surface information. It’s wrong. Why? No clue.


jalep Says:

Murray pretty sharp 1st set 64.


J-Kath Says:

Jalep

Left the room, came back and Andy lost 1st game – oh oh oh……….


jalep Says:

I did leave the room, J-Kath!

It’s just one break. Come on, Andy!!


jalep Says:

One gorgeous dropper, followed by one into the net but Andy gets the break back and holds. 4-3.

Daveed fights so hard. Andy can’t let up for a second.


jalep Says:

Wow, Ferrer. Hard for me to not want him to get a set – he works so hard.

Andy gets the game, 5-4.
Just one more game, Andy. Time to break, please.


jalep Says:

Ferrer double fault.
0-15
0-30
Ferrer nerves?
Andy nerves?
15-30
Ferrer serving…
Missed a sitter.
Match point Andy!

Winner, Andy Murray in 2. 64 64


Daniel Says:

So, Andy answered questions regarding his interest in this tourney with style, straight sets win. Lioks like this are 3 of the semis finalist already in the making. The question who is gonna be the fourth, Wawa or Nadal. The winner of that match pretty much giving us the direction


FedEpress Says:

very competitve tournament so far


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great to see the big guns looking good. With winners playing winners in the second round, it guarantees Slam Final-worthy matches to come, and hopefully semis.


FedEpress Says:

nishi: “Paris maybe was little bit slower, but it’s really tough to finish the point with this surface, especially against great defense like Novak. It was tough to play.”


RZ Says:

Apparently Murray only needs one more win to secure the year-end #2 ranking.


Ben Pronin Says:

Giles, so Toni can beat Nadal?


Ben Pronin Says:

Reading the Ferrer-Murray recap on tennis.com and they finish the article with this:

“In the late match, Rafael Nadal will take on French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.”

Doesn’t it seem like we’re living in bizarro world?


Giles Says:

Ben. Well, Pat Cash certainly can’t. Lol


Ben Pronin Says:

If Nadal’s coach can beat him, then maybe the coach should be playing and winning slams, instead.

Cash doesn’t have to beat Rafa, that’s not a coaching prerequisite.


Giles Says:

Ben. Are we at cross purposes here or what? Why are you talking about Toni. What’s he got to do with anything?


J-Kath Says:

RZ – That’s right. I believe he only needs to win 2 R-R if Federer wins the overall contest. However, that’s knowledge after the event alas.


Ben Pronin Says:

Giles, you’re acting like Cash coaching Nadal is outrageous because he lost to him when Nadal was 14. It makes no difference. Toni probably lost to Rafa when he was 4.


skeezer Says:

^lol!


FedExpress Says:

triple BPs wawa

RIP rafas fh. moonballing it out by miles


FedExpress Says:

goat BH to break


FedExpress Says:

break back to love

mugness


FedExpress Says:

hahahha 9 points lost on serve so far from both


FedExpress Says:

not one quality match so far at the WTF. top 8 my foot


FedExpress Says:

plz put the WTF at the start of the next season so that every1 is fresh


jalep Says:

It’s a season final, FedExpress. The end of the race. They are marathoners crossing the finish line – not looking great but it’s survival of the fittest.

Davis Cup Final being after WTF is tough.


FedExpress Says:

every 250 tournament was better than this mug


FedExpress Says:

pathetic attitude from wawa. resignation or injury?


jalep Says:

I don’t know. Stan looks cooked. It will be a miracle if he wins holds serve here.


FedExpress Says:

that is whats worng with the court

some of wawas shot should have been winners


FedExpress Says:

9 winners in one single game. wow wawrinka


Daniel Says:

Wawa had a FH middle court to break and did nothing with the ball hitting on top of Nadal, Later Nadal with an esculent volley to save BP.


Daniel Says:

Sometimes I think Wawa is bipolar.

At least the Big 4 will fight off next tow rounds and most likely semis which would be great having them all playing semis once again.


Daniel Says:

Wawa already have 30 unforced erros in 13 games, that is more than 2 erros per game. He just doesn’t care.


Lodhi Says:

skeezer ‘lolling’ to Ben’s comments as an endorsement…lol


FedExpress Says:

proper tank job from wawa

and delusional rafa fans will think that their man is back


jalep Says:

Ferrer may have been suffering nerves today. All those DF’s. But David looked to have more energy than Stan.

Nole looked great, Roger – fine, Andy – fine, Rafa -fine, David…

Berdych, Kei, Stan not so much.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

When was the last Big 4 semi? This is exciting, it’s like a reunion but with water under the bridge, coming together at very different places in their careers than whenever the last time was.


RZ Says:

Stan forgot to order his espresso for the match.


Patson Says:

@jalep

Agree with you. Nole is on a different plane altogether. Stan has been disappointing today though. I was expecting him to play much better.


Dave Says:

I’m sure glad I picked Rafa and Andy to come out of this group after seeing Stan today. That was sad for the ones at the 02 watching a guy tank.


Patson Says:

I think it’s safe to say there is no Big 4 these days, there’s just the Big 1.


jalep Says:

Congrats and credit to Rafa!
Congrats to Andy and Andy fans too.


Gypsy Gal Says:

I dont expect him to win the tourney,but Im just delighted that Rafa wont suffer a whitewash,which to be honest was what i was fearing before the WTF started,its all a bonus for me now personally….


Giles Says:

Jalep. You said ” I don’t know. Stan looks cooked…..”. Did you know Rafa is a great cook? 😜


jalep Says:

Yep, Patson, about the plane Nole’s on!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Congrats Gypsy! I’m happy for you. Would love to see Rafa back as a force in 2016, what a message he can send here! (Not trying to jinx it or anything).


Giles Says:

How about that fantastic lob from Rafa? Point of the match me thinks.


J-Kath Says:

Very pleased for GG & Okiegal and all Rafa fans…..
especially as this seems to be a real turning point.

but do like Stan – not taking anything away from Rafa, but think Stan is also a great talent and hope he gives himself another chance


jalep Says:

Yes, Gypsy, happy for you. But WTF’s just getting started ;)


FedExpress Says:

i hope WTF starts tomorrow with the kei and berdych match


James Says:

Murray Nadal match will decide who tops that group and who is second. Djoke Fed match decides the same for their group. The other 4 players might as well go home, since none of them is winning both of their remaining two matches.


RZ Says:

@FedExpress- that is the daytime singles match. Djoker vs. Fed is the nighttime match.


Daniel Says:

Acrually James as Kei plays Berdych tomorrow and Wawa plays Ferrer Thursday, 2 playees will win at least one match. The question now is who is going to be the punch bag of each group? That worth a pool.

Nadal lobby was the point of the match, had he missed that shot Wawa wiuld break and serve 2-0. Maybe that coyld have swing things his way as we have seen before between him and Nadal. But overall he was jusg missing, there were several ball he had all the time in the wirld in his forehand and he missed DTL almost all. Only when he webt crosscourt that he was etrring some winners but both his FH and BH DTL were a disgrace. Only thing working for him today was aces, which he got quite a lot.


Wog Boy Says:

“FedExpress Says:
proper tank job from wawa

and delusional rafa fans will think that their man is back.”

Actually, it is the other way around, Rafa did his best, for whatever reason, not to win against Stan in Paris and strangely restrained his horse in the third set against Roger in Basel. Rafa, and uncle Toni, are on the mission, he is playing well since the start of Asian swing and getting better, just to be at his best in London. Don’t be fooled by what Nadal team is saying.


Daniel Says:

Wog Boy,

I daw nothing spectacular in Nadal’s game today,actually some shots were so short that it barely clip the net. Maybe he sensed Wawa was miss hitting and just kept the ball in play, but Murray, Than Fed or Djoko will capitalize. His serve also was average.


Ben Pronin Says:

Either Wawrinka is focused and can edge Nadal out in a close one or Nadal is gonna thrash him. Not sure what it really tells us about Nadal’s game.

His match against Murray will be more telling.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,

My feeling is that Nadal plays without pressure regardless of result on the board, like he isn’t interested in result and he doesn’t look annoyed when he is behind. I just have a feeling that he has a spare gear that he can shift to if needed, he didn’t have to do that today, but as Ben mentioned Andy match will be more telling, not so Ferrer one, but again it depends of Nole/Roger match too, I won’t go now into explaining why.


Ben Pronin Says:

If Djokovic beats Federer, Nadal goes all out to beat Murray. But if Federer wins, Nadal tanks. Is that right, Wog Boy?


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know, what do you think Ben, or better question, if you are Nadal what would you do in that situation?


Wog Boy Says:

One more question, how fair is that one group has advantage of knowing result of another group befor they play their matches. I remember very well Soderling “missing” put away to send Nole home, since Nole’s SF was in the hands of Soderling, one of the reason I never liked Soderling, he did it on purpose and was full of joy, strangely, after that “misshit”.


Ben Pronin Says:

That’s what I would do if I was Nadal, aim for the easier semi, go all out in the final.


Wog Boy Says:

In that case we agree Ben.


jalep Says:

What I saw in Rafa is what I’ve been seeing the past 2 months. He looks more confident and aggressive on court than in most of the first 8 months of 2015. It’s not his best – but it’s enough to get through group Nastase, I’d guess.

Stan? He was not even close to the Stanimal of 2014 who beat Nole at AO or FO 2015.


elina Says:

jalep is right.

Much better than six months ago.

Good enough to beat the rest but not back to where he needs to be to beat the best.

I think Fed finds a way to get it done tomorrow and prevent a losing h2h vs another Big 4.


jane Says:

“it’s like a reunion but with water under the bridge, coming together at very different places”

so poetic TV. :D

—-

interesting thoughts ben and wog boy. yeah, there have definitely been murmurings about specific losses of sets/ points, efforts given, etc, when it’s come down to it at the WTF, particularly due to this round robin format. ideally both groups would play their matches on the same day. surely 4 matches a day isn’t too many? however, financially speaking, i guess the ATP would want to stretch it out, make the crowd come back for more, and so on…


Daniel Says:

I believe in tanking as When I played I have lost games on puroose to not embarrase opponent and gain games as well.

But this second round, too risk for Nadal to lose to Murray, specially if Wawa trasher Ferrer (hard to see). Suddenly Nadla will have to beat Ferrer because if Wawa decides to play and beat Murray the group gets messy. Ferrer beat Nadal on HC before, if we were talking last match to decide who stays on top than I can see ot happening, right now Nadal wants a straight set win over Murray and gyarantee coming through his group. Plus he lost to Murray in Madrid convincinglg, bet he doesn’t want another trend building


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks Jalep,J-Kath and Tennis Vagabond for your kind words,and also loved TVs play on words about the top 4 lol,but im not as Fedexpress likes to claim delusional about his chances here there or anywhere anymore just merely enjoying the tennis,dont know what will happen next such is the strange permatations of the format of this tourney….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Should Stan decide to show up and play like a two time GS champion against Murray and Ferrer things could get complicated,especially if he faces Novak,IMO hes the one player that can make things difficult for Novak,this is all conjecture ATM though depending on how things pan out….


J-Kath Says:

As far as Murray is concerned, I believe he has two aims:
1) Be reasonably fresh for DC, and
2) Win one more match at the O2, thereby guaranteeing he will be seeded No. 2 at the Aussie Grand Slam.


Gypsy Gal Says:

With regard to what Wogboy and Ben are saying,and players tanking to avoid this player or that player depending on group permatations, then personally i think the WTFs loses alot of credibility TBH….


calmdownplease Says:

Which means he will REALLY want to beat NadaL.
Which he would want to do regardless of this situation anyway.
And I’m pretty sure he will too.


Giles Says:

^^^ Not without a long fight he won’t.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Giles many thanks for the video at 5.10pm November 16th indeed a genius shot from Rafa….


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/dimonator/status/666379481888739328
For those saying Wawa didn’t give his best effort on court.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t think Nadal or anyone will tank, but it has happened before. Lendl did it way back to avoid facing Borg in the semis, I think? Yeah, eh, whatever.


calmdownplease Says:

`^^^ Not without a long fight he won’t.’

I hope not.
Actually, I think this Andy can beat that Nadal in 2.
But really any Nadal or Muzz in 2 instead of a huge match would be preferable.
Andy has bigger fish to fry than this tourney.
But we will see.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think Murray should win in 2, too. But we’ll see. The match should tell us more about Nadal’s game than Murray’s.

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