Djokovic Ousts Del Potro, Reaches SFs; Nadal Tries To Stay Perfect At London ATP Finals
by Sean Randall | November 7th, 2013, 10:29 pm

After four days of action at the ATP Finals, no real surprises thus far. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have both dominated. Nadal has looked good in two wins in the lesser Group A while today Djokovic joined the Spaniard by securing a semifinal berth of his own after edging Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 for his second three set win of the week.

The victory was also Novak’s 19th straight since losing to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. And with the exception of the middle six months of the year, Djokovic’s been unbeatable, literally. And no one is playing better right now.

“I had a great start of the season and great now ending of the season, for sure,” Djokovic said. “I would pick these two parts of the year as the best for me. Summer was up and down. But after US Open, even during the US Open, I played some good tennis, was a good match in the finals. Then 18, now 19 wins in a row for me after Davis Cup. I just feel well at this particular part of the year. I know most of the players are exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally, after a long season. But, you know, I try to find that as an opportunity for me, you know, to get extra motivated to kind of push myself to the limit and deliver the goods when needed.”

And he’s right. Even though Nadal’s wrapped up the No. 1 ranking, by still winning the Finals Djokovic will put himself into better position of regaining the top spot come spring time. It’s a great opportunity.

“I’m playing the best tennis I think I played throughout the whole season,” Djokovic said. “That’s something that I take as a positive for this moment and for obviously next season. I’m definitely feeling confident, more confident than I was a few months ago. And Nadal has ended as world No. 1 in 2013, and he deserves that. No question about it. He won two Grand Slams. He played the best tennis this year.”

Del Potro, who lost another tough three set match, will now face Roger Federer Saturday with the winner advancing. The Argentine, though, is feeling the fatigue of a busy fall workload.

“It’s going to be a decision match for both,” Del Potro said. “We play in every Masters, the last match of the group, and we always play for something, which is good for be focus and with the high expectations.
I will try to do my best. I know for me has been a long season, a lot of matches in the end of the year. I’m getting tired. But is the last effort. Could be the last effort of the year, so I will try to enjoy and do the best I can.”

Federer played some strong tennis in an efficient 6-4, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet. The win was Roger’s third Top 10 scalp of the season but he’ll need to do more come Saturday in the as he faced Del Potro for the third time in as many weeks.

“I think the win in Paris was big for me because he did beat me three times indoors straight, the Basel finals twice, and also here last year,” Federer said of Del Potro. “All very special in its own way because Basel is my home city. So it was very interesting for me to be playing the finals there against him, then here last year I was already qualified, so sort of those matches that are hard to manage.”

So tomorrow, Rafael Nadal can lock up the top spot in Group A as he takes on Tomas Berdych. It’s actually a crucial match for Rafa who has never won the ATP Finals. With Djokovic likely to roll Gasquet on Saturday and emerge as the top seed out of his Group B, Nadal won’t want to finish second in Group A and have to play the Serb in the semis on Sunday.

I think Nadal wins and in the other match I’ll give a slight edge to the Stan Wawrinka over David Ferrer who’s maybe out of gas after a busy three weeks of runner-up finishes.

Tennis Channel will have the Ferrer match at 9am ET with ESPN televising Nadal-Berdych at 3pm ET.

2pm, David Ferrer v Stanislas Wawrinka
8pm Rafael Nadal v Tomas Berdych

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30 Comments for Djokovic Ousts Del Potro, Reaches SFs; Nadal Tries To Stay Perfect At London ATP Finals

Thangs Says:

The victory was also Novak’s 19th straight since losing to Andy Murray at the US Open…


Michael Says:

It is a great run for Novak. With a win in WTF, he will finish this year in style. Having already won three Master series titles, this win would be a icing on the cake. Now after Roger, indoor courts have become Novak’s fiefdom and he is seemingly invincible. A final against Rafa would be the perfect setting for the year end concluding event.

Rajiv Says:

rafa will destroy del porto in the semis and then he will beat djoker in the final to win his 1st ever WTF trophy….esp as he can play openly now after securing the YEN 1 spot..

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Thangs Rafa beat Novak at the USO this year,where as Andy beat Novak last year,or did you mean since Novak lost to Andy at wimbledon im confused?

Giles Says:

@Rajiv. Hope you are right.
Vamos Rafa!

Daniel Says:

Nadal is playing for 1 set. If he wins 1 set he will already qualified as #1 in his group. If he loses in 2 sets Than Berdych qualifies first and him second. If he wins, regardless of the outcome, he goes first and Wawa second.

Giles Says:

@Daniel. This scoring is really weird. Rafa having won two matches in straight sets you would think he tops the group but that doesn’t seem to be the case. What do you mean “if he loses in 2 sets”?

hawkeye Says:

Rafa and Berdych would both be 2-1 in matches but Berdych would be 5-2 in sets and Rafa would be 4-2 so Rafa would finish second.

courbon Says:

and Rafa breaks in the first game.I think outcome is already evident. Good time to have a early night.

squirrel Says:


No,even if Rafa loses,he’ll be 5-2 in sets whereas Berdych would be 5-3,so Rafa would finish first right?Or I misunderstand the math here?

jamie Says:

Nadal will win WTF.

You heard it here first.

Hawkeye Says:

After Rafa won the first set, you were correct but he needed at least one set to clinch.

Slice Tennis Says:

If Berdych had won he would have topped the group.
H2H takes higher precedence to the number of sets won.
ATP gives higher weightage to H2H…he..he..he

jamie Says:

I see Sean Randall predicted Nole to win the WTF.

Dude is gonna be wrong.

Nadal will win.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Jamie you,ve changed your tune,thought Novak was gonna win the WTF,still i hope your right,we,ll see.

Slice Tennis Says:

No the rule is different.
Irrespective of the number of sets or games if Berdych had won he would have topped the group because of the H2H…….yes……..H2H.

jamie Says:

@Tennis X Hippy Chic

I’m right. Trust me.

I read brand new *info* today. If you know what I mean.

James Says:

I hope you’re right, jamie. Rafa does have a good chance this year. I liked how he played against Tomas today.

metan Says:

Why your predictions changes overtime. Last time I asked you, your answer was Nole . Now it is Nadal. Thank you!!!!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

James i didnt see Rafas match against Berdych,as i was at work,i have recorded it to watch it tomorrow,although i kept on checking the scores from time to time,how did he look?

jamie Says:

The Nole winning WTF was my prediction.

Nadal winning WTF is FranzuaDubal’s prediction.

Patson Says:

Tennis X Hippy Chic:

“How did he look ?”

He was looking pretty :)

Just kidding. He played a solid match I’d say but his serve seems vulnerable. That’s the reason I’m confident of Nole winning the WTF. Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if Rafa beats Nole. But on current form, I’m leaning towards my man.

First things first though, both need to win their semi-final matches. I’m more worried about an inspired performance from Stan against Nole. Hope Nole overcomes the Stanman challenge.

Delpo vs Fed is going to be a cracker tomorrow.
If Fed wins, it’s going to be a Fed vs Rafa semi. If Delpo wins, it’s going to be a Delpo vs Rafa semi. Either way, Rafa’s got a pretty difficult task ahead.

Steve 27 Says:

Camaradas, two steps more and Nadal will complete the circle.

James Says:

TXHC, having secured the YE #1 in his last match, I expected Rafa to try to play more aggressively, and that’s what he did.
He didn’t always get his shots right but he played at a level (1st set and 3rd) similar to Indian Wells final IMO.

Tomas actually played good IMO, hit some nice IO forehand winners, and served well. He even breadsticked Rafa in 2nd set.

Rafa, however, tried to assert himself again in 3rd set and was overall the better player of the match.

Do watch the video tomorrow and see if you think Rafa has a good chance to win the WTF this year.

Slice Tennis Says:

With the current form Rafa will easily take out Delpo or Fed. It will be good for Rafa and Rafa fans if fed makes it though.
Finals will be a different ball game with No2e.

jamie Says:

Serena won 11 titles this year and Nadal will also end up with 11 titles in 2013.

Steve 27 Says:

Wawrinka should thank Rafa his classification to the semifinals, another player had not fought in the third set as Nadal and lost the match. Allez Stan, it’s your turn to wipe the smile the Joker.

Slice Tennis Says:

Tomorrow I’ll be rooting for Fed.
Allez Fed.
What a player to watch…especially against Rafa.

Daniel Says:


I mean if he had lost in straight sets not winning one. Evn if you win in straight, losing in straights is also weighted or better put winning 1 set whn you lose. Ex. Had Berdy won in 2 he would have 2 straught sets win and alost winning a set, which is better than 2 straights wind and a straight set lost.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Thanks for the info James and Patson,i will catch up on the recorded matches today.

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