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A record breaking season for Novak Djokovic finished with a record breaking triumph at the World Tour Finals as he became the first player to win it 4 times in a row. The Serb avenged defeat to Federer in the round robin to claim his 5th title at the season finale 6-3, 6-4. The win also evened the duo’s H2H at 22-22 just a day after the Serb evened his record against the third member of the triumvirate, Nadal 23-23. Djokovic was understandably delighted, “it's been an incredible season. Other than that tournament, I've played all finals. Obviously sitting here with this trophy alongside me, I couldn't ask for a better finish of the season. The last four years I managed to win the World Tour Finals, where the best players in the world are playing.”

This was the eighth meeting between Federer & Djokovic and while Federer, at 34, can derive satisfaction at winning on three occasions, Djokovic won the big matches at Wimbledon, US Open and now at the World Tour Finals to come out the victor. For Federer it was his 4th loss in his tenth final at the year end championship, with his last win in 2011.

Earlier, Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau celebrated sealing their World No.1 ranking by defeating Rohan Bopanna & Florin Mergea to clinch their first title at the World Tour Finals. It was a dominant victory as the top ranked team broke thrice enroute to a 6-4, 6-3 over the 8th seeds. The victory meant that Rojer & Tecau went unbeaten in London having won at Wimbledon as well earlier this year. For Bopanna, it marked his second loss at the final here having suffered the same fate while partnering Mahesh Bhupathi in 2012. A triumph at the season finale continues to elude the Indians despite having made the final on 7 previous occasions since 1997.

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Roger Federer put in a sublime performance to overcome compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka to setup a dream final against World No.1 Novak Djokovic. The Swiss Maestro overturned an early Wawrinka assault, striking at the right moments to steal the first set before turning on the style to romp home 7-5, 6-3 in just 1hr 10min. The 6-time champion struck 30 winners and won 24 of 32 net approaches in a stylish attacking display. Federer will now attempt to win his 7th title in 10 finals at the season finale against Djokovic who is aiming for a record 4th successive title.

Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau defeated Bob & Mike Bryan in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to make the final of the year end championship. In the process, they also clinched the year end no.1 ranking denying the Bryans who were gunning for their 7th consecutive and 11th finish overall atop the rankings as a pair. The Wimbledon champions controlled the match breaking Mike Bryan’s serve thrice while only conceding once on their own delivery. They will now play Bopanna & Mergea who defeated Dodig& Melo earlier today, in the final tomorrow afternoon.

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Novak Djokovic put on a masterly display to defeat Rafael Nadal in the first of the semifinals at the ATP World Tour Finals here in London. The World No.1 was untroubled in a 6-3, 6-3 dismantling that evened his H2H against his long term rival at 23-23. Djokovic has now won 8 of the last 9 encounters against Nadal, and all 4 this year. Rafael Nadal promised much after emerging unbeaten from the round robin phase, but this loss was a reminder of just how much further his game needs to go to challenge the very best. The Spaniard won just 54% of his first serve points, was broken thrice and failed to create a single opportunity to break the 4-time champion. Djokovic now awaits the winner of the all Swiss Federer- Wawrinka tussle this evening.

 

Earlier in the first doubles semifinal Rohan Bopanna & Florin Mergea combined to breeze past French Open winners Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-2. The Indo-Romanian duo thus, not only made the final on their debut at the season finale but ended the hopes of the third seeded pair to finish the season at the top of the rankings. Mergea & Bopanna, who contested a final here in 2012 partnering Mahesh Bhupathi, awaits the winner of the clash between the top 2 seeds – the Bryans against Rojer & Tecau.

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Stanislas Wawrinka staved off a considerable challenge from Andy Murray 7-6(4), 6-4 in a tight, tense engaging encounter at the O2 Arena here in London. The French Open champion broke British hearts by defeating their home hero to seal his 3rd consecutive semifinal spot at the season finale. For Andy Murray, the loss not only knocks him out of the year end tournament, but leaves his tilt at the no.2 ranking in Roger Federer’s hands.

Earlier, in the dead rubber Rafael Nadal fought back from a first set loss to complete a 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 victory over the gritty David Ferrer in a gruelling two and a half hour encounter. It was the 24th win for Nadal over his compatriot in 30 meetings and sealed a 3-0 group campaign. For David Ferrer, his seventh appearance at the World Tour Finals capped a fine season at the ripe old age of 33 the oldest among the qualifiers behind the seemingly ageless Federer.

Nadal as the topper of group Ilie Nastase will play Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final tomorrow followed by Roger Federer who topped group Stan Smith taking on his compatriot Wawrinka in a replay of last season’s semifinal.

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Rafael Nadal continued his late season resurgence by defeating Andy Murray in the second round of matches of Group Ilie Nastase at the World Tour Finals in London. The Spaniard won 6-4, 6-1 in 92 minutes and secure his place in the semifinal. Later in the evening match, Stanislas Wawrinka overcame a sluggish start to complete a fine comeback victory over David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2. The win kept Wawrinka in the running for a place in the semifinal and the last group match against Murray turns into a de facto quarterfinal, with the winner progressing into the knockout stage.

Nadal was understandably pleased with his result against Murray, “[It] is an important victory obviously because that put me in a good position to be in the semifinals, and at the same time I have a big day against a great player in a tough surface”. Andy Murray’s quest to secure the world no.2 ranking will have to wait for another day as Nadal accelerated away after a tight first set. “Towards the end of the first set, he started to play a lot better. He was able to dictate most of the points. He was hitting the ball harder than he was at the beginning of the match. I was starting to drop the ball shorter. “, said Murray

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On day three at the Tour Finals in London, it was Roger Federer’s day as the most successful player in the history of the tournament qualified for the semifinal for a 14th time by handing Novak Djokovic a rare defeat this year. The Swiss No.1 outplayed the World No.1 7-5, 6-2 in a high quality night match at the O2 Arena. The win was Federer’s third over Djokovic this year and gave him the H2H edge in their 43 match rivalry. The win was also Federer’s 50th at the season finale and brought to an end a number of Djokovic winning streaks including a 23 match winning streak since Cincinnati and a 15 match winning streak at the WTF since 2012. Earlier, Kei Nishikori gave himself a chance, slim as it may be, to qualify for the semifinals by beating Tomas Berdych 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Federer was undoubtedly pleased with his performance saying, “It's a big win. It's always good beating Novak or any top player. It was a solid match and I'm very pleased where my game's at right now”

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Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray completed strong wins over their respective opponents on day 2 to ensure that the big 4 dominated the opening salvoes at the World Tour Finals. Rafael Nadal was merciless in overcoming the dangerous Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2 while earlier Andy Murray also eased through in straight sets defeating David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4. The Briton is now just one win away from sealing the year end no.2 spot in the rankings, the first time he would achieve the feat. “it would be obviously nice to finish No. 2 because I haven't done it before…benefits of it, obviously for Australia, being seeded 2 is slightly better than being seeded 3 or 4”, said Murray.

In the evening encounter, Rafael Nadal surged past a relatively lacklustre Stanislas Wawrinka for the 14th time in 17 meetings. The pair had clashed in Paris last week where Wawrinka had edged it, but today the Swiss no.2 could not put together a consistent challenge. “Was just a really bad day at the office. [I’m] just disappointed in general. I don't think it was a great level” was how Wawrinka described his woes. Nadal on the other hand had an impressive day, as he showed his competitiveness and aggression in carving out the straightforward win. Nadal was certainly pleased with his performance stating “I think I play well. I think I play a solid match. I played aggressive. I played with not many mistakes.”

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