ATP World Tour Finals - Last Four
ATP World Tour Final Men's Singles Final Sunday Nov 16
1-Novak Djokovic beat 2-Roger Federer w.o.
Day 8 Final
Djokovic Wins 4th ATP World Tour Finals; Federer Withdraws Due to Back Injury
atpworldtour.com: November 16 2014 London, England – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has become the first player to win three straight season finale titles since Ivan Lendl from 1985-87. The only other player to win three straight year-end titles was Ilie Nastase from 1971-73.
Djokovic won his fourth season finale crown overall (also 2008 in Shanghai) when World No. 2 Roger Federer withdrew due to a back injury ahead of Sunday’s final at The O2 in London. He has a 14-match winning streak at the tournament.
"We always give 100 per cent," said Djokovic. "I'm sure that if he could've played, he would've done. So I wish him the best in his recovery.
"I'm not one of those players that celebrates these particular wins, but I have to reflect on the whole season. This trophy is definitely the crown for all the achievements that I had this year. I owe the credit to my team, to all the people who supported me all the way through, and plenty of joy. I'm very happy to be able to stand here and finish with this trophy."
The 27-year-old Serbian, who has finished as year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the third time (also 2011-12), ends his season with a 61-8 match record. He has won seven titles from 11 finals.
Djokovic admitted that he learned of Federer's plight during the doubles final. "I did my warm-up, obviously prepared for the battle, prepared for a great match as it was anticipated, as the people expected it to be. I then spoke to him – as I understand, he retired a match maybe three times in his career in over a thousand matches. You cannot blame him. You never like to win, especially these big matches against big rivals, with a retirement. But that's the way it is."
"Unfortunately, I'm not match fit to play the match tonight," said Federer on court. "Clearly I wish it wasn't so. I tried all year to be ready for the [Barclays] ATP World Tour Finals, and I didn't want it to end this way. I tried everything I could last night, also today – painkillers, treatment, rest, so forth, warm-up, until the very end – but I just can't compete at this level with Novak. It would be too risky at my age to do this right now and I hope you understand.
"I wanted to come out personally and excuse myself. It's been a great week for me. I played some great tennis and I love coming to The O2 and to London, and there's been so many great memories for me here. Congrats of course to Novak, who’s played an amazing season, and an amazing tournament here as well. I hope we can play some more great matches, hopefully next year.
"Thanks to all you guys for making it special to come out and play tennis all around the world. I know you guys travel, as well, and spend a lot of money on tickets and so forth. We really, really appreciate it – me in particular. It keeps me going, it makes me tick, especially at this age. Hopefully, I can come back next year and get another chance to compete for the title here. So thank you very much and I'll see you soon. I appreciate it."
It is only the third time in Federer’s career that he has been forced to withdraw, each time due to a back injury – also walkovers at 2008-Paris QFs vs. Blake and 2012 Doha SFs vs. Tsonga.
The last walkover in an ATP World Tour final was on 2 February 2008 in Vina del Mar, when Fernando Gonzalez won the title over Juan Monaco, who withdrew due to a left ankle injury. The last walkover in a season finale match was at the 1981 Masters in New York when Ivan Lendl got a walkover versus Jose-Luis Clerc in round robin play. This is the first walkover in a final in the tournament’s 45-year history.
Djokovic is the first player to win three straight season finale titles since Lendl from 1985-87. The only other player to win three straight year-end titles was Ilie Nastase from 1971-73.
Day 7 Semifinal
ATP World Tour Finals Men’s Singles Semifinals Thursday Nov 13
1-Novak Djokovic beat 5-Kei Nishikori 6-1 3-6 6-0
2-Roger Federer beat 4-Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 7-5 7-6(6)
Federer Saves 4 MPs vs Wawrinka, Sets Final Showdown with In-Form Djokovic
atpworldtour.com: November 15 2014 London, England – Roger Federer won the match of the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Saturday night, saving four match points in a pulsating comeback victory, to keep alive his hopes of clinching the season finale title for a record seventh time.
Federer, who will play year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday's blockbuster final, came back from the brink of defeat to beat his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, the third seed, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(6) in two hours and 48 minutes at The O2 in London.
Wawrinka appeared on course to cap a career-best season with a spot in his 17th tour-level final, but he could not convert four match point opportunities in the deciding set at 5-4, 40/30 and two at Ad In; then a fourth at 6/5 in the tie-break. Federer converted his first match point chance at 7/6 with a drop volley to improve to 15-2 lifetime against his Swiss friend.
Wawrinka dominated the opening exchanges, breaking Federer's serve in the fifth and seventh games, and controlled baseline rallies. Although Federer got one break back, at 2-5, Wawrinka kept his nerve. He won all 10 of his first service points to clinch the 35-minute opener.
The pressure fell on Wawrinka in the second set, when he served second. Federer pressed hard, yet he could not convert three break point opportunities at 3-2. Wawrinka’s unforced error count soared to 28 in their 17th meeting. At 5-6, Wawrinka hit two groundstrokes and one smash into the net to drop his serve to love.
In the first game of the third set, Federer did not clearly register the score. When 0/40 was called, he questioned the chair umpire. He thought it was 15/30, thinking an earlier call had gone his way. Wawrinka capitalised to break and, despite saving two break points at 4-3, 30/40 and Ad out, looked set to cling on and maintain the advantage to record his 39th match win of the season. But Federer was not finished.
Wawrinka could not convert his first match point opportunity at 5-4, 40/30, when, out of position, he came into the net only to see Federer rifle a forehand winner down the line. Wawrinka then saved a break point, after a lengthy rally, with a backhand crosscourt winner. Controlling his nerves, he kept coming forward. But once again he could not convert his second match point chance, backhand volleying into the net. A third chance came and went, with Federer ruthlessly striking a short forehand winner. Ultimately, after 11 minutes of play, Federer got the break when Wawrinka hit a backhand into the net after a long rally.
Federer rallied from 15/40 at 5-5, but Wawrinka regained his composure. In the tie-break, a fourth match point went begging for Wawrinka at 6/5 when he mis-timed a backhand. Federer, under the guidance of former serve and volley master Stefan Edberg, kept the points short by attacking the net. Ultimately, the match clincher, for his 72nd victory of the season, came within feet of the net. Next week, Federer and Wawrinka will join forces for Switzerland against France in the Davis Cup final in Lille.
In the first semifinal match and a day after clinching the year-end No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the third time in four years, Novak Djokovic moved to the brink of establishing a Barclays ATP World Tour Finals dynasty, ousting Kei Nishikori in three sets 6-1 3-6 6-0 in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Djokovic further embedded his roots at The O2, claiming a 14th consecutive match victory at the iconic arena and edging one step closer to becoming just the third player to three-peat at the season finale, and the first since Ivan Lendl achieved the feat also as an undefeated champion from 1985-87.
Djokovic also reflected on becoming the seventh player to claim the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking at least three times. For the Belgrade native, it is the crowning achievement of another dominant season on the ATP World Tour.
"Being No. 1 in the world is the pinnacle of the sport...One of the highest and most difficult challenges is to be No. 1 nowadays, especially because the tennis has become very competitive in the last five, 10 years, very physical. To have a shot at World No. 1 of the world, you need to be consistently healthy and successful throughout the year.
“Because Nadal and Federer are so good for so many years, they always make you win at least one or two Grand Slams if you eventually want to be No. 1, and of course with consistency, because they've been so consistent with their results. I know how difficult it is. It's why I'm proud of this achievement.
Djokovic is set to renew his rivalry with either Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final. He has met Federer in three of the past four editions of the season finale, boasting a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head mark.