Flawless Federer Eliminates Djokovic From ATP Finals; Nadal Finishes No. 1
by Staff | November 14th, 2019, 7:44 pm
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In the match of the round robin, Roger Federer turned back the clock displaying some of his best tennis in a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory over tournament favorite Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals.

Federer broke Djokovic early in the first, then rode his serve and lethal backhand to a quick opening set win.

Djokovic saved early break points in the second, but just couldn’t find the mark during the match as Federer was in near-perfect form collecting his first victory over his rival in four years.

“Great atmosphere, a great opponent here in London at The O2, definitely incredibly special,” Federer said. “Just a night I enjoyed from the beginning. I played incredible, and I knew I had to because that’s what Novak does and I was able to produce. So it was definitely magical.”

The win sends Federer to the semifinals where he’ll meet the top player from the Andre Agassi Group to be decided tomorrow. It’s the 16th time in 17 appearances the Swiss has made the last four. He’s won the title a record six times.

“There was a lot riding on the match. I think I served great, had great anticipation, a clear game plan and it worked to perfection tonight, and hopefully not the last time against Novak,” Federer said. “But even if it didn’t, it was all worth it. It was a great performance tonight from me.”

The loss eliminates Djokovic from the event, and ends his No. 1 hopes meaning Rafael Nadal will finish 2019 on top for a fifth time in his career.

“He was the better player in all aspects and absolutely deserved to win,” said Djokovic. “He served great, moved well, returned my serve very well. From his end, I think he did everything right. From my end, I was just playing too neutral. I couldn’t read his serve well. Just a pretty bad match from my side.

“I have the utmost admiration for him and everything he’s doing on the court. What he has achieved over the years and what he’s still showing on the court is phenomenal. He’s a role model, even for me, and one of the toughest opponents I’ve had in my career. Looking at his career and what he’s still doing just inspires you.”

Djokovic also dismissed any issues with his elbow which seemed to flare up during the match.

“I hope it’s nothing that will make me unable me to play Madrid. The pain was pretty sharp,” Djokovic said or his elbow. “But I could play the rest of the match. If I had something really serious, I think I wouldn’t be able to hold the racquet. So it was probably just an awkward, quick movement that I did. It did not pose any issues later on.”

Earlier in the day, in a match for money and ranking points only, Matteo Berrettini finished his first ATP Finals on a high note beating Bjorn Borg Group champion Dominic Thiem 7-6(3), 6-3.

“I’m really proud of myself, but more for my team, my family, my friends. It’s been an unbelievable season. I didn’t expect at the beginning of the season to be here,” the 23-year-old Berrettini said. “I hope to come back next year. I just want to say thanks to those guys because without them it wouldn’t be possible.”

The on the final day of round robin play Friday, Stefanos Tsitsipas is in, but three other players including Nadal have a shot.

Tsitsipas will meet Nadal with the winner getting the top spot out of the Agassi Group, and a match against Federer on Saturday.

If Nadal loses, he’s out.

“He’s a great player, a lot of energy, very young and he’s having an amazing season. So it will be a very tough one,” Nadal said of the Greek who he leads 4-1. “I know I need to win that one. I hope to be ready for it, let’s try to make that happen.”

After blowing a match point and a 5-1 lead in the third against Nadal, Daniil Medvedev returns to face defending champion Alexander Zverev.

If Nadal beats Tsitsipas, the Medvedev-Zverev match will be meaningless as Rafa will have won the group, Tsitsipas second.

If Tsitsipas wins, then Medvedev will get the second spot by winning only in straights, otherwise, if Zverev gets a set then he’s in.

FRIDAY ATP FINALS LONDON SCHEDULE
Centre Court Starts At 12:00 Noon
RR 1 Juan Sebastian Cabal-Robert Farah v 3 Kevin Krawietz-Andreas Mies
Not Before 2:00 Pm
RR 1 Rafael Nadal v 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas
Not Before 5:45 Pm
RR 6 Jean-Julien Rojer-Horia Tecau v 7 Pierre-Hugues Herbert-Nicolas Mahut
Not Before 8:00 Pm
RR 4 Daniil Medvedev v 7 Alexander Zverev


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29 Comments for Flawless Federer Eliminates Djokovic From ATP Finals; Nadal Finishes No. 1

skeezer Says:

Whaaa?? can’t beat an ol man? C’mon Djoked! Congrats on #2.
Congrats Rafa and his fans, #1, heckava year for him, well deserved.


Andy Mira Says:

Congrats Rog & fans…He really awesome last nite!..performed like that at 38 y/o?Seriously???Urgh!…great great champion!

So sorry for Nole & fans…It was not his day..good news..he has a chance to try again next year & win it if he’s healthy(insyaallah)…

One other thing,feel very disgusted about the crowds who disrespected Nole by cheering his DF & errors..but then,hey!…what’s new??I feel very sympathy for him…


Andy Mira Says:

Thank u for all the congrats guys!…Really appreciate it!


Okiegal Says:

Roger was on 🔥 today!! WOWZER!!!
@ Skeezer…….Thanks!! Yes Rafa has had a good year…… and getting ready to start another one! Good luck to all the oldies but goodies! 🎾🎾🎾


the_mind_reels Says:

Federer showed incredible poise and focus last night. Aside from the impeccable display of serving, I was most impressed with how calm and composed he was. His emotions were leveled the whole night, and he was clearly zoned in. What a match! Another year back in the knock-out stage — let’s go!!


Daniel Says:

https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/scores-centre/scenarios

The article is wring. If Zverev wins he is in. Nadal has to win to gave a chance and hope Zverev loses to Medveded. Than he qualifies 1st and play Federer.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/97inthe5th/status/1195295627053277184?s=21 Rafa
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😚👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏


skeezer Says:

Giles this to me gains more respect about his accomplishment this year
https://twitter.com/erktennis/status/1195303255875706881


Giles Says:

Skeezer. I agree .


Daniel Says:

Nadal done his part, lost opening set in all hos matches but find a way in 2. Now he must hope for Zverev to lose. Medvedev already out, let’s see if he plays pressure free for points and money or folds.

Could be a Nadal x Federer semis.

Nadal was 1 point away from elimination and now cna be in semis 2 matches away from the only big trophy remaining.


j-kath Says:

Well done “Sitsip” but Superb Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


RZ Says:

Glad Rafa made the semis, especially as he’s going to finish the year #1. Maybe this year he finally wins the WTF? Would be a nice way to cement his year-end #1 status.

Considering that the Zverev-Medvedev match is now meaningless in terms of the semis, it would have made sense to have them play first so at least they would be playing when they still had a chance to qualify. Then again, Tsitsipas now has to play first tomorrow so I guess in terms of resting time it’s fair.


RZ Says:

Correction – I think Rafa plays first tomorrow, since he topped the group and Fed was second in his


chofer Says:

Hold on, people.

If Zverev wins he qualifies instead of Rafa by virtue of his straight set win over Nadal.
The second match it’s not “meaningless”.


RZ Says:

Just saw Daniel’s link regarding the scenarios, so I stand corrected again! The Medvedev-Zverev match does impact the outcomes.


RZ Says:

Here’s a link explaining the scenarios: https://imgflip.com/i/3gh1ed
(This will only work for about an hour)


chofer Says:

It’s easy

Medvedev needs to win for Rafa to qualify. If Zverev wins by any score, he pass.


chofer Says:

Best ratio so far

Tsitsipas= 2 wins in straights, semifinals
Rafa= 2 wins in three, tbd
Zverev= 1 win in straigths (another win in three might put him in as he scored a straight set win over his direct rival)A lose by any score and he’s out.


chofer Says:

Medvedev is already eliminated, so he needs to show up.

I like Tsitsipas atittude as he styed in the match even when he was clsified by the third set.

Let’s see how the Russian is made of. It would be a bummer for his late season if he doesn’t show up and fight.
Not long ago, we talked about his fighting spirit when it matters most. So it’s crucial he didn’t end up drivel.
Then again, we need to see WHO Zverev shows up, too. He’s the most unstable of top tier players by far. One match playing incredible, the next self-defeatist.
It’s possible Medved is tired for his late run in the year. But I think he’ll fight. He’ll have to pull off a Berretini. Let’s see.


FedExpress Says:

No drama in the end. Zverev kicks Rafa out and books his place into the semis. Think the right players are in there. Just like 2017 Federer is the old one by a big margin.can he reach the final after 2015?


Daniel Says:

Nadal out, seems this is a toruney will elude him forever. He will be 34 and a half next year and tendency is fot him to strugle more end of year


Django Says:

Do you think Nadal would trade no.1 for the WTF trophy?


skeezer Says:

Django,
That opens up a whole lot of what if questions for the record chasers, no?


Amit Says:

Andymira Alison Giles and all Rafans:

Super Congrats Guys!! 🙌🙌🙌 Your guy ia back to where he belongs!!


Andy Mira Says:

Hey hey hey Amit!…Long time no hear buddy!

Thanks so much 4 the nice words!…Much appreciated Amit!…

Bout Rafa….Alhamdulillah!..that’s all i can say amit!…Tho,little bit disappointed he once again fall short to kiss a trophy at this tourney…oh well…it is what it is…

Hey!…I hope Rog will win this tourney…he’s so deserve it after tough loss at Wimby…
But i also don’t mind Thiem win it as well…

All the best for Rog & u too Amit!


Alison Hodge Says:

Many thanks Amit ….


Giles Says:

Thanks Amit. Really appreciate your kind words. 👍


Okiegal Says:

@Amit….. Thank you so much for the nice words regarding Rafa. Don’t post much anymore but still read TX on a regular basis and when someone gives a shout out to his fans I have to acknowledge it. But our guy came up shy of the this title one more time……..bummer!! However, I am so proud of the year he’s had. Pulling for Fed right now, not ready for he younger guys to take control just yet!! C’mon Roger, you can still do it!!


chrisford1 Says:

Congrats to Rafa. This is sort of like 2013, when it also came down to the wire between him and Djokovic. That year, Novak mounted a stronger challenge, going undefeated after the USO, hoping Rafa would do bad enough, to squeak in, but Nadal did just good enough to keep his lead.

This time, it was on Djokovic’s racket after the USO and Djokovic just could nor defend enough points in SHanghai and the WTF, so Rafa had the better season, got married, and beat Novak fair and square. He out-warriored Djokovic.
Congrats again for a well-deserved #1 Ranking.


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