ATP World Tour Finals Day 3-4
ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin Group A Wed Nov 12
1-Novak Djokovic beat 4-Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-0
7-Tomas Berdych beat 9-Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1
ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin Group B Tuesday Nov 11
2-Roger Federer beat 4-Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2
5-Andy Murray beat 7-Milos Raonic 6-3 7-5
Djokovic Storms Past Wawrinka; Berdych Trounces Cilic in Group A
atpworldtour.com: November 12 2014 London, England – Tomas Berdych will play World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday in a bid to qualify for the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He has a 2-16 record against the two-time defending champion, including a 6-0, 6-2 loss in last month's China Open final.
Sixth seed Berdych improved his chances of reaching the last four, for the second time, on his fifth appearance at The O2 in London when he defeated this year’s US Open champion Marin Cilic, the eighth seed, 6-3, 6-1 in 75 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. Berdych extended his perfect 5-0 record in his second round robin matches at the event.
Cilic recovered from 0/40 in the opening game, which lasted 12 points, but could not deny Berdych. The Croatian then saved two break points at 15/40, 2-4, prior to coming close to drawing level. Berdych, ultimately, stepped into the court and played with greater aggression to break Cilic’s serve for a second time to clinch the 43-minute opener.
Cilic continued to press, but groundstrokes errors cost him. Berdych broke twice in the fourth and sixth games of the second set en route to his 55th match win of the year. Berdych saved two break points when serving for the match at 5-1. The Czech broke a two-match losing streak against Cilic in their fourth meeting of the season. Cilic, who has lifted four trophies this year, drops to a 54-20 match record this season.
In the evening match, Novak Djokovic is one match win away from becoming year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is close to qualifying for the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after winning his second round-robin match in Group B. Djokovic, the top seed and three-time titlist at the season finale, improved his indoor winning streak to 29 matches with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over third seed Stan Wawrinka at The O2 in London.
Djokovic, who had lost to Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarter-finals in January, is now 17-5 against Top 10 opponents in the Emirates ATP Rankings this year after his 66-minute victory. He improves to a 59-8 match record, as he hunts down his seventh trophy of 2014.
Wawrinka started strongly, keeping Djokovic on the back foot. Staring at a 0-2 deficit, Djokovic retaliated by winning 20 of the next 23 points to take a 5-2 lead. Although he committed 14 unforced errors, five fewer than Wawrinka, his serve did the damage in the 41-minute first set. Wawrinka won just seven points in the second set. He beat Tomas Berdych in his opening group match on Monday and now meets Marin Cilic, who has a 0-2 round-robin record.
Federer Downs Nishikori; Murray Fights Off Raonic to Stay Alive in Group B
atpworldtour.com: November 11 2014 London, England – Roger Federer remains on course to qualify for the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he recorded his second straight Group B win on Tuesday afternoon.
The second seed and six-time champion at the season finale defeated fourth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 for his 70th match win of the year, which includes fifth trophies. He is also attempting to become year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the sixth time.
The 33-year-old Federer will qualify for the semi-finals if Milos Raonic beats Murray in Tuesday’s evening match. The Swiss could also qualify if Murray defeats Raonic in three sets.
The Swiss hit 11 winners, including four aces, in the 35-minute first set against Nishikori, who had strapping applied to his right wrist at the changeover at 4-1. Federer saved two break points in a 14-point third game, prior to breaking Nishikori to 30. He then broke Nishikori in the third and seventh games of the second set
Federer has never lost his second round robin match (13-0) at the season finale. If he were to qualify for his 12th semi-final, it would tie the record of Ivan Lendl. He would also be the oldest player to advance to the last four since 2003 runner-up Andre Agassi.
“He didn't give me a chance to come back,” said Nishikori. “I didn't play really bad.” When asked about Federer’s performance, Nishikori added, “I never feel that he's 33 right now. He still looks young and plays amazing tennis.”
Nishikori, the first Asian player to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, has a 1-1 record in round-robin play. He will now face Milos Raonic in his final group match on Thursday, having dropped to 53-13 on a career-best season.
In the evening session, Andy Murray kept his hopes alive for a semifinal berth after defeating Milos Raonic 6-3 7-5. After a first match loss to Nishikori, the Scot bounced back against Raonic dominating the first then hung on in the second stanza before breaking the Canadian in th eleventh game to close out the match after one hour and 32 minutes.
Murray will next meet second seed and six-time former champion Roger Federer on Thursday in their final round-robin match. Federer, who has a 2-0 record in Group B, still has a chance of finishing No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for a sixth time.